Ultra Music Mess Sparks Debate

The future of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami is on shaky ground in the wake of more than 80 arrests and a female security guard severely injured after being trampled by gate crashers March 28.

Photo: Facebook/Ultra Music Festival

Miami police said Erica Mack, 28, sustained a broken leg and brain hemorrhaging when she was run over by a mob who didn’t have tickets and had jumped a security fence at Bayfront Park. Mack reportedly remains in critical condition.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, a known critic of the event, is said to blame festival organizers for failing to properly secure the festival site and intends to investigate whether the fence collapse constitutes breach of contract.

“This is something that could have been avoided,” Regalado told WFOR-TV. “So in the next weeks we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami.”

 Ultra Fest officials told WFOR-TV, “The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry… The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.”

Another blow to the event is that 21-year-old Adonis Escoto was found dead March 29 in a car parked near the festival. Escoto’s friends told police he’d complained of feeling dizzy earlier in the evening and went back to the car to lay down. When the friends returned later, Escoto was dead.

Police said autopsy and toxicology results would determine the cause of death.