Miami City Council approves new venue for Ultra Music Festival!

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After a short period of doubt regarding the venue change for the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, things are now back in place.

Ultra Miami now has a new home as the Miami City Council approved its proposal to host the festival at Virginia Key, which is ten minutes away from Bayfront Park. The festival will now happen at the Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

After facing opposition from the organizers of the Rapture Music Festival and the residents of Key Biscayne who don’t belong to the same county as Virginia Key, finally, Ultra Miami’s proposal won with a 4-1 vote majority. The approval came after the agreement to the deal that Ultra Music Festival will pay a fee of $2 million to the city of Miami, backed by the fact that they can sell up to 60000 tickets. The contract will be in place for a term of two years and comes with a revocable option within 60 days after the festival – under special circumstances.

Commissioner Joe Carollo was the primary opponent to the proposal mainly on the grounds of the fee – which first started at $1.4 million for 50,000 tickets before getting a “yes” from him at the finalized fee of $2 million. In the long discussion, many aspects like traffic, transportation, environmental impact and a provision for construction of an African-American Museum at the beach park was also discussed. $1 million will directly go into a trust for later use.

All said and done, the approval has brought smiles on the face of the organizers and the music fans alike! Ultra Miami is now raring to go! Share the news with all your friends right now!

Pavan Kumar

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