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Tommie Sunshine on City of Miami vs. Ultra: "Way to Demonize the Visitors Who Make Money to Cover Your Asses"

Despite Ultra Music Festival's annual $79 million contribution to the local economy, City of Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff believes the "event will be disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid lock traffic."

After all, as he fear-mongered during the December 13 city meeting, "about 70 to 80 percent of these kids are on some sort of mind-altering drug."

Right ... To which house music man Tommie Sunshine just replied: "hey @MarcSarnoff & @CityofMiami, way to demonize the visitors of your city who make you money to cover your own asses."

UPDATE Ultra 2013 organizers willing to work with city on downtown traffic, security concerns.

UPDATE #2 Trainspotting author and Miami resident Irvine Welsh defends Ultra: "I'm disappointed in Miami, the fest breathed life into a dead downtown."

UPDATE #3 Marc Sarnoff's spokesperson says commissioner doesn't want to "shut down" Ultra.

UPDATE #4 Miami mayor Tomas Regalado says: "One [Ultra Music Festival] weekend is enough ... people complain about the kids."

UPDATE #5 The resolution has been voted down. And City of Miami commissioners have approved Ultra Music Festival 2013's second weekend.

See also:

-Ultra Music Festival 2013 Expands to "Two Big Weekends!"

-Ultra Fest Generates $79 Million Annually for Miami Economy

-Ultra 2013: City of Miami to Vote on Resolution "Disapproving" of Second Festival Weekend

-Ultra 2013: Commissioner Wants To Kill Second Weekend Because Attendees Are On "Mind-Altering Drugs"

On Thursday, the City of Miami commission will consider Sarnoff's proposed resolution "disapproving" of Ultra's second weekend.

But before passing judgement on UMF and the broader EDM culture, Tommie strongly suggests Marc and friends might want to do some research about the average Ultra Music Festival attendee.

Moreover, Mr. Sunshine feels the City of Miami probably has bigger problems (like "24 hour liquor laws," "DUI #'s," cocaine sales, and the overall crime rate) than 200,000 party people who dream about dancing for six days.

The crux of Tommie's disagreement with Sarnoff and the city commission (aside from the obvious fact that they're stereotyping an entire group of people who they've probably only ever seen on the Internet or in security camera footage) seems to be his belief that electronic dance music has finally matured.

In a Huffington Post editorial, titled "EDM Is Growing Up" from January 4, Sunshine writes: "We are on the right side of history and the whole world wants what we've known forever ... EDM is just growing up. The question you should be asking yourself is, are you?"

So if you ask Tommie (and not commissioner Sarnoff), the scene is about community and art, rather than sex, drugs, and "urinating, defecating, or throwing up" in public.

That's why Sunshine wants all beat freaks to blast @MarcSarnoff with protests against his Ultra ban. And in addition to Twitter, the commissioner (as Tommie fan Tiny Daniela helpfully points out) can be reached by email [email protected] or phone 305-250-5333.

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