Ultra Music Festival and its fans were able to take a collective breath today after the Mayor withdrew the resolution today to oust the festival from downtown Miami. Instead, the conversation will be held off and the City Commission will discuss it on April 24th at 10 A.M. Ultra, which has been in the headlines the past two weeks with calls to remove the festival from its home, had this to say via their Facebook page:
Today Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Mayor Regalado withdrew their “Resolution” to ban the Ultra Music Festival from Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.
They have requested to have the issue “discussed” by the City Commission on April 24th at 10AM. The support from the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association, the outpouring of support from Downtown businesses and residents, and the overwhelming support of Ultra fans around the world has delivered a temporary victory in the fight to keep Ultra in Downtown Miami. It appears most City Commissioners understand what Ultra Music Festival means to the Ultra Worldwide brand globally and appreciate the tremendous positive economic impact that the 3-day annual event has on the city of Miami and surrounding communities. We are thankful for the support from our fans and supporters both in Miami and across the world. Ultra remains committed to working with the City of Miami, its Police Department, Fire Department, and Bayfront Park Trust to make Ultra Music Festival even more safe, secure and successful next year and years to come. We must continue to put forth our positive message and we ask our supporters to help us again on April 24th when Ultra will be discussed by the Miami City Commission.
While everyone can take a collective deep breath, the fight is not over: the conversation has just been delayed for two weeks. This means that Ultra has two weeks to allow the dust to settle and to continue to gather signatures on their petition to keep the festival in Miami. At the time of this writing there are 36,000 signatures on Change.org which you can sign here.