Ultra Music Festival 19
Virginia Keys, Miami: Organizers of the Ultra Music Festival are scrambling to avoid a repeat of the pedestrian mayhem that developed over the Rickenbacker Causeway last night just after midnight. Despite having over two hundred buses revved and ready to take festival goers from Marine Stadium to the Miami mainland, organizers where not expecting an early exodus. With some 50,000 ticket holders expected to attend the music festival this weekend, transportation and safety area major concern for organizers and visitors alike. In an attempt to avoid early morning pedestrian and bus chaos, Ultra organizers aim to improve communication and sign posting to steer visitors in the right direction and towards the buses that will take them to one of three drop-off points. According to former police chief Ray Martinez, special bus lanes are supposed to drive festival goers over the William Powell Bridge, which connects Miami to the Virginia Keys. While Ultra apologized to fans of the Friday night logistics fiasco via Twitter, it is hoping to regain their confidence when it comes to their safety, which took a nose dive last night when fireworks caused a tree to catch on fire. Though the evening’s mild weather made for a tantalizing stroll over the bridge, it raised concern over the safety of weary festival goers and the potential risks that come with massive crowds. Furthermore, the large number of ticket holders when combined with the woes of getting over the bridge, helps fuel the hiring of illegal boat charters, which depart near American Airlines Arena and Miami Marine Stadium. For those attending the Ultra Electornic Music Festival, Perazzo Law recommends thinking twice about boarding shady boats and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.