Ultra Music Festival officials announced Wednesday that they will be conducting a top to bottom review of security procedures after a security guard was trampled during last week's festivities.
Erica Mack, 28, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition on Friday after a large group of gatecrashers pushed over a fence at Southeast 1st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. She sustained head trauma and a broken leg, but officials said she is recovering.
“We understand her condition is improving, and the ULTRA family hopes for her swift and full recovery,” Ultra said in a news release.
Organizers said that they added additional security to this year’s event to help improve safety:
• The deployment of 257 police officers per day, 49 more per day than a year ago
• The deployment of 28 additional police officers per day on the perimeter and inside the event
• The deployment of 18 undercover detail officers, which included Homeland Security and DEA officers
• The deployment of 12 additional bike details per day
• The deployment of “G8” (8 foot, high-level security) fencing and double fencing surrounding the entire venue.
Ultra said they will be working with Miami Police to enhance security outside their gates for future events.
Miami city officials are calling for the end to the music festival after last weekend’s events.
“With the drug use and the noise, I have to say that Ultra has overstepped its welcome,” Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said last week.
Officials announced that next year’s event is slated to take place March 27th to 29th. A location has not been announced.