Miami city commissioners have voted to keep the Ultra Music Festival.
Officials had debated whether to halt the annual three-day festival in downtown Miami after a guard was seriously injured in March by gate-crashers. Festival organizers agreed to hire more police, install stronger fencing and set up drug and mental health stations.
The commission voted 4-1 for Ultra.
The head of Miami's police union had proposed that the festival should replace private security guards with city police officers.
Today the City of Miami Commission has voted to approve a resolution keeping Ultra Music Festival in Downtown Miami! https://t.co/OX7IAF3HG7— Ultra Music Festival (@ultra) April 24, 2014
And released this statement via Facebook:
In a proposal sent Wednesday to city commissioners, Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz said security guards lack the training, experience and authority to handle crowds at the annual festival.
Ultra recently hired the outgoing Miami Beach police chief as its new security director.
ULTRA organizer's have started promoting next year's dates: March 25-27th, 2015.