Miami Beach Rejects Proposal to Host Ultra Music Festival 2020

Miami Beach commissioners rejected the possibility of the popular Ultra Music Festival coming to the city next year.

In a vote of 5 to 2, commissioners on Wednesday shut down a proposal, introduced by Commissioner Ricky Arriola, to begin discussions of hosting the festival at Lummus Park.

Other cities, such as Homestead, Hialeah, and the City of Miami are all looking into hosting the 2020 event.

The competition comes after Ultra organizers voluntarily terminated their contract with the City of Miami following a rough year on Virginia Key, with transportation issues and a slight increase in crime from previous years.

"It is clear that the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough," Ultra said in a statement earlier this month.

The festival welcomed millions over the years to downtown Miami's Bayfront Park until commissioners voted against a contract to retain the festival at that location – opting to relocate it to Virginia Key instead.