The newly revised license agreement includes changes such as modifying the sound level from 110 decibels to 102, limiting the capacity of attendees to 55,000 a day, eliminating one stage and moving the direction of another, ending the event at midnight each night, and leaving the children’s park and dog park open throughout the majority of Bayfront Park’s closure.
A major point of contention was the disputed $475,000 that the City of Miami says Ultra Music Festival still owes. That includes a significant amount of equipment purchased by the city including body armor and ATVs that were not in the original contract and that the city gets to maintain for future events such as the Super Bowl. Ultra compromised, agreeing to pay $308,000 — half within ten days of signing the contract and the rest within ten days of the event’s conclusion in March. That’s in addition to the $2 million fee Ultra will pay to host the music festival in Bayfront Park.
The Miami City Commission voted today on a contract that would return Ultra Music Festival to Bayfront Park in 2020. After hours of deliberation, which included testimonials from the public and city leaders, the commission voted 3-2 in favor of the proposal.