Following the news that Ultra wouldn’t be welcomed into South Beach, the City of Miami held their monthly commissioner’s meeting, wherein they discussed matters pertaining to Ultra Music Festival. Attendance was so large that the meeting had to be moved from a small conference room to the main city hall chambers.
Commissioner Keon Hardeman was first to move towards revisiting hosting the mega-festival, asking his colleague if there was an appetite to re-engage Ultra inside the city’s borders. Commissioner Carollo responded, “I do know that Virginia Key was a complete mess…. It bothered more people than ever before.”
Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez, who’d been a liaison and advocate for Ultra organizers over the years, then spoke to luring the festival back into Miami:
“It is a loss for our city. That kind of economic impact for the residents of our city, I think it’s a huge loss. It’s unfortunate. If there is anything I can do to get them to reconsider, I would be happy to do it.”
Hardemon then ended the motion of discussion: that because Virginia Key didn’t work, he wants the commission to think about downtown Miami again, and wants Ultra to be a discussion item for the June 27th agenda.
Read the full live-tweeted transcript of the meeting below.