Cranky Old Men Plot Death Of Ultra Music Festival
Miami’s 66-year-old mayor Tomás Regalado along with 54-year-old commissioner Marc Sarnoff were waiting for an excuse to call for the ban of Ultra Music Festival from the city, and they got it when a security guard was knocked over and injured by a few kids who tried to sneak into the event. Regalado and Sarnoff said that they anticipated that an incident would occur.
The event is watched by millions of people online. It also spawns dozens of related events during Music Week which would likely go away if Ultra moves out of the city.
Regalado and Sarnoff made it clear that they disliked the music festival last year when they stopped Ultra from permanently expanding to two weekends last year.
Attendance at Ultra is over 150,000 people, and it probably takes in at least $30 million in ticket sales. Instead of calling for organizers to implement better security, or asking for a percentage of sales to bolster city financing, the grumpy old men simply want the kids gone.