Security Stepping It Up For This Weekend’s Ultra Music Fest


STRONG SMELL OF SMOKE AS THEY CARRY THE SMOKE FROM THE FIRE INTO SOUTH FLORIDA. NOW, AT SIX, THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL. ABOUT TO TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN MIAMI AS IT DOES EVERY YEAR. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT WITH AN EVENT THIS SIZE COMES A MASSIVE SECURITY AND TRAFFIC OPERATION THAT WILL IMPACT ALMOST MINUTE WHO IS ANYWHERE NEAR DOWNTOWN MIAMI. OH, REALLY OR TAKE GARY WIDOM IS LIVE WITH NEW DETAILS ON WHAT TO EXPECT. YOU CAN EXPECT MORE ACTIVITY HERE AS PEOPLE ARRIVE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD FOR THE ULTRA MUST SICK FESTIVAL. YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE BUSY PUTTING TOGETHER EIGHT DIFFERENT STAGES HERE AND THEY ARE EXPECTED ON A DAILY BASIS. THEY SAY AFTER NOT ATTENDING THE EVENT, YOU CAN. AVOID THE AREA. FOR THE 19th YEAR IN A ROW. THE ULTRA MUSES I CAN FESTIVAL WILL WELCOME THE DANCE ARTISTS UNDER ONE ROOF IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI. WE HAVE 165,000 ADD DEIT IS OVER THREE — ATTENDEES OVER THREE DAYS AND IT BRINGS ISSUES. ONE OF THE THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS TRAFFIC AND CROWD CONTROL. TO HANDLE THE EXTRA PEOPLE. THEY CORDONED OFF WITH POLICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. EVERY YEAR. WE NEVER WANT TO DO DIFFERENT AND BETTER. WE HAVE SEEN INCIDENTS IN THE PAST AND EVERY YEAR. IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER. BACK IN 2014. THEY CALLED FOR THE END OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL. THIS IS INVOLVING A SECURITY GUARD TRYING TO STOP PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T HAVE TICKETS. THEY SINCE HAVE REINFORCED THE FENCING AROUND THE EVENT. WE WERE ABLE TO PARTNER A FEW YEARS AGO. AND REALIZE THE RACETRACK FENCING WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE PERIMETER OF OUR EVENT OUT HERE. AND THIS IS REALLY A HUGE DIFFERENCE. THERE WERE ALSO ISSUES OF DRUG OVERDOSES AND IT SAID IT HAS TAKEN A NUMBER OF SECURITY MEASURES FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE EVENT. AND IT IS IMPLEMENTING AGE REQUIREMENT. NO BACKPACKS BEING ALLOWED AND MRS. PLACING AMNESTY BOXES. LAST YEAR. WHEN I WOULD CHECK THE BOXES, THEY WERE PRETTY FULL. AND WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE DEPOSITING ILLEGAL DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. CONTRABAND. AND WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. HERE ARE THE DETOURS TAKING PLACE. STARTING TOMORROW AT 9:00 P.M. SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG BISCAYNE BOULEVARD WILL BE ALONG NORTHEAST FOURTH STREET AM AND NORTHEAST SECOND DEAF. THIS IS REDUCED TO TWO LANES AND SHIFTED AT SOUTHEAST FIRST STREET. THE WILL CONTINUE NORTHBOUND UNTIL FOURTH STREET AND SHIFTED BACK TO THE REGULAR NORTHBOUND LANES. IT KICKS OFF FRIDAY AT 4:00 P.M. AND GOES ON UNTIL MIDNIGHT.