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Miami police discuss security at Ultra Music Festival

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The fate of the Ultra Musical Festival is up in the air as City of Miami officials are divided about whether the popular yearly event should return to Downtown Miami, three days after a security guard was trampled by non-ticket holders.

Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, who chairs the Bayfront Park Management Trust, warned about making a rash decision in the wake of the tragic incident. "Let's have a healthy debate over it," he said. "Let's see what the facts are, let's analyze all the facts and, you know, make a prudent decision."

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff have said they want to prevent Ultra from returning to Downtown Miami after the trampling of security guard Erica Mack, Friday night. The 28-year-old remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

"This needs to be a consensus, and all the parties need to be at the table, the police department, Ultra, all of us at the table," said Carollo.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said his department is not taking sides on the issue. "If they decide that they don't want it anymore, then we will plan accordingly," he said. "If they decide that they're going to keep it, then we will plan accordingly as well."

Police said they made 86 arrests during this year's festival, a similar figure to years past.

Orosa said Ultra organizers did not stick to their agreement that called for a high-security G8 fence where the trampling took place, even after being asked to correct it during a walk-through. "Instead of one chain-link fence, they put two chain-link fences, but not the G8," he said.

The city, Orosa suggested, should explore increased security measures as an alternative.

Carollo said the event is a big moneymaker for Miami. "Last year, [when] Ultra was a two-weekend event, it was approximately a $240 million of economic impact," he said.

Miami Police have also launched a death investigation unrelated to Friday night's incident.
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