By all accounts, 2014 was a particularly challenging year for Ultra. It was marred by festival fatalities, security breaches resulting in serious injuries, last minute cancellations from headliners and outraged Miami officials who called for the end of the city's biggest EDM celebration.
City commissioners recently met to discuss the festival's fate and vote on the motion to ban it, and Ultra fans will be relieved to know that the festival will remain in the city of Miami.
But things have to change in order for Ultra to keep its gates open in Miami every spring, according to the mandate. Security must tighten up—a trend already taking place at Electric Zoo that will likely extend to other festivals this season—and a "very public" zero-tolerance policy for "drugs, lewd and lascivious behavior" will be introduced by Ultra immediately.
Furthermore, Ultra needs to set up a phone line that residents can use to report problems should they arise. A stronger police presence and drug counseling stations round out the required additions to Ultra's M.O. should they keep hosting their festival in Miami.
Ultra is content with the outcome of the vote, but according to WSVN Miami, Mayor Tomas Regalado is not.
Brian May, a lobbyist for Ultra, is hopeful that these new measures will lead to a safer, stronger future for the festival and its patrons in Miami. "Everything that they have asked for are things that will actually really help the event be more secure and more safe for our patrons, for the public and for our vendors and staff," he said. "So we view that all as a positive step forward, and we're more than willing to comply and happy to do so."