Withdraw the Resolution to Cancel the 2nd Weekend of Ultra Music Festival
  • Petitioned Francis Suarez

This petition was delivered to:

Francis Suarez
Marc Sarnoff
Tomas P. Regalado
Wifredo (Willy) Gort
Michelle Spence-Jones
Frank Carollo

Withdraw the Resolution to Cancel the 2nd Weekend of Ultra Music Festival

    1. Petition by

      EDM Snob

January 2013


From Petition Creator: The second weekend of the Ultra Music Festival has been APPROVED by the City of Miami Commission!!

As attendees, fans, and supporters of Ultra Music Festival, we are adamantly opposed to the City of Miami's Proposed Resolution that would divest the Bayfront Park Management Trust of the power to authorize Ultra Music Festival to hold their event for two weekends. We oppose this for several reasons.

1) The Proposed Resolution provides absolutely no specifics of any "nuisance behavior" by Ultra Music Festival attendees. This is based in stereotyping of electronic music fans, not in fact or evidence.

2) The resolution provides absolutely no evidence that two weekends of moderate "noise...and gridlocked traffic" would be disproportionately detrimental to businesses, as opposed to the customary one weekend.

3) Contrary to being a nuisance, Ultra Music Festival and the accompanying Miami Music Week contributed $79 million to the South Florida economy in 2012 alone (according to a Washington Economics Group study published by the Miami Herald). These figures are likely to increase if the event occurs for two weekends rather than one, further benefiting the businesses that the proposed resolution claims are "disrupted."

4) The Commission has previously approved, by majority vote, several measures designed to accomodate Ultra Music Festival's move to two weekends, implicitly approving of the change. Abruptly changing course at the 11th hour would unfairly inconvenience Ultra Music Festival's attempts at hosting an event that takes years to plan, and would erode confidence in the City of Miami's reliability for hosting large-scale events. It could also further expose the City of Miami and the Bayfront Park Management Trust to legal liability for breach of contract, costing taxpayers valuable dollars.

We call on City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff to withdraw his proposed resolution and issue a public apology for unfairly profiling fans of electronic music as "nuisance[s]", and for damaging the business of Ultra Music Festival by casting doubt upon the integrity of their event.

Francis Suarez, Commissioner
Tomas P. Regalado, Mayor
Wifredo (Willy) Gort, Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner
Frank Carollo, Commissioner
Withdraw the Resolution to Cancel the 2nd Weekend of Ultra Music Festival

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    1. The Commission will consider the 2nd Weekend of Ultra at 6pm today

      EDM Snob
      Petition Organiser

      The meeting and vote will be broadcast live on ustream, the link will be flying around Twitter. Stay tuned!

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. Thank you all so much for your support so far!

      EDM Snob
      Petition Organiser

      There has been a huge outpouring of support from the entire EDM community, and it has been truly inspiring to watch that happen.

      There has been a lot of talk that this is a "hoax", a "publicity stunt" or "no big deal." Rest assured, this is a very serious threat not only to Ultra Music Festival holding a second weekend full of events, but to electronic music's future as a whole.

      The Commissioner that sponsored the resolution (Marc Sarnoff) had this to say when he introduced his proposal:

      "About 70 to 80 percent of these kids are on some sort of mind-altering drug. You've been very, very lucky. You put two of these weekends together in a row; I don't think you're going to be so lucky, but that's for each Commissioner's conscience. If money's that important to you, you'll vote the way you're going to vote. " Source : (http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2013/01/ultra_music_festival_2013_dece.php)

      Spread the word. Thank you.

      -EDMsnob (https://twitter.com/EDMsnob)

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diana Huitz ROCKVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      One of the several reasons I am opposed to the canceling of this event is because I'm sure that many people, like myself, have already paid for & booked our non-refundable airfare & hotel stays. I don't know about you, but I work hard for my money & how unfair would it be to my friends and I to miss one of the biggest and most anticipated EDM events this year, because we are considered a "nuisance". To even think of canceling an event of this scale is pure ludacris, especially just 10 wks before the event, there was more than enough time to cancel this event in advance, even long before tickets went on sale.

    • Vladislav Belinskiy ZHITOMIR, UKRAINE
      • over 1 year ago

      EDM is bigger than just music, it's all my life. Please, make people happy)))

    • Jonathan Aceituno CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am attending the event and I have already bought my tickets. My girlfriend and I have been planning on going to this for 6 months now and everything is already booked, flight, hotel, and ticket. This would be really unfair to cancel especially since this will be her first edm concert ever.

    • Thiago Hernandez HIALEAH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I already have my tickets for this weekend and it will still bring more money to the county

    • Kyle Aveiga MIAMI, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Ultra Represents a profound worldwide love for music. One of the reasons I LOVE Miami is because it has open doors to be able to indulge in my passion for music and the arts. UMF is a phenomenon in the world of EDM, known in every corner of the world as the event with the greatest conglomeration of EDM artists. It would be disappointing to think that Miami of ALL places, would even consider cancelling part of an event that puts its name at the forefront of music progress and exhibition.


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