New Business and Commission Requests - R9 A
|TO:||Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission|| |
|FROM:||Commissioner Ricky Arriola|| |
|DATE:||May 22, 2019|
|SUBJECT:||DISCUSSION TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS WITH ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF HOSTING ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020 AT LUMMUS PARK PROVIDED THAT AN ADEQUATE PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION, AND NOISE MITIGATION PLAN BE PROVIDED.|
On May 6, 2019 Miami Beach United (MBU) transmitted a resolution to the City of Miami Beach regarding the family of ordinances that were proposed at the May 8, 2019 City Commission meeting "in response to the unfortunate events of March 2019 and other similar high- impact weekends over the past few years." In that resolution, MBU indicated their recommendation and support for counter-programming during high impact weekends.
MBU asked the Commission to consider "the difference between Memorial Day weekend before the addition of the Air and Sea show, when visitors used to come down to a giant blank canvas that turned into a giant stretch of chaos, vs now, when visitors come and can choose to participate in a significant event based in and around the MXE. The city is not shut down, all are still welcome, and we still have an enormous influx of guests in town for the long weekend."
On the same day as the May 8, 2019 City Commission, the Miami Herald reported that Ultra Music Festival canceled its contract with the City of Miami after a twenty-year relationship. Given these circumstances, I ask for the Commission to authorize the City Manager to begin discussions with Ultra Music Festival to determine the feasibility of hosting Ultra Music Festival 2020 at Lummus Park provided that an adequate public safety, transportation, and noise mitigation plan be provided.
The month of March is one of the nicest months of the year. In my view, closing down the public beach, as it has been proposed, for the entire month of March would not only be unfeasible, but also disastrous to our small businesses and hotels. Inviting an established, well-organized event like Ultra for Spring Break 2020 will put heads in beds and serve as the counter-programming mechanism against the unorganized chaos that was Spring Break 2019 on Miami Beach.
Commissioner Ricky Arriola