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Ultra's Coming Back Downtown - Miami Commissioners Approve Return To Bayfront Park

Alexia Fodere
Miami Herald
Ultra Music Festival is an electronic dance music event founded in South Florida. Organizers have survived multiple controversies and opposition from politicians and neighbors, who have put up with traffic and crowds in downtown.

Ultra Music Festival will return to downtown Miami, a remarkable development just two months after the homegrown event seemed destined to move out of the city, far from its longtime home on the waterfront.

Commissioners on Thursday approved an agreement to allow the three-day electronic dance music event to return to Bayfront Park for a weekend in March 2020, a vote that reverses a unanimous September 2018 decision to boot Ultra from the park. In Thursday’s 3-2 vote, Commissioners Ken Russell and Joe Carollo opposed; Commissioners Keon Hardemon, Manolo Reyes and Wifredo “Willy” Gort voted in favor.

The vote provided another sharp turn in a yearlong roller coaster ride for Ultra’s organizers and fans, downtown residents who vehemently oppose the festival’s presence in their backyard and a business community that felt the positive economic impact when Ultra was in downtown.

Read more with our news partner the Miami Herald.