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Miami Commission Votes Down Ultra Music Festival’s Return To Bayfront Park

Matias Ocner
Miami Herald
The Arcadia Spider spits fire during the first day of Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park on Friday, March 23, 2018. On Thursday, city commissioners voted down a contract for Ultra to return in 2019.

In a surprise move, the Miami City Commission on Thursday unanimously voted down a contract for Ultra Music Festival to stay in Bayfront Park.

Caught in the fray of a political grudge match between two commissioners and mixed public opinion, Ultra Music Festival’s future in downtown Miami was dealt a significant setback when commissioners rejected the contract. Downtown residents who oppose the festival left City Hall smiling and high-fiving each other as festival organizers quietly conferred outside the commission chambers.

The vote could mean that Ultra won’t return to the park in 2019, which would be the first time in 18 years that Ultra is not on Miami’s waterfront. But organizers of the electronic dance music festival said afterward that they hope to salvage a concert at Bayfront Park in March.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald