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Miami police present traffic, security plan for March events

Police to staff more than 300 officers for Formula E race, Ultra Music Festival

The Miami Police Department unveils its traffic and security plans for two big events in March.
The Miami Police Department unveils its traffic and security plans for two big events in March.

MIAMI – The Miami Police Department presented its traffic and security plan for two big events in March.

City residents and downtown business owners attended Wednesday's presentation to hear how police plan to mitigate traffic, noise and crime during the upcoming Formula E race and Ultra Music Festival.

Police said they plan to staff more than 300 officers, including the entire police bicycle patrol, and traffic will be a one-way loop on Biscayne Boulevard to Southeast Second Avenue.

Downtown Miami will be transformed into a racetrack for the Formula E race, which is expected to draw about 30,000 spectators and be televised to more than 100 countries. This is the first time the race will be held in Miami, but organizers hope it will become an annual event.

Ultra brings thousands of electronic and house music fans from across the globe to Bayfront Park.

Last year, a security guard was trampled by a stampede of gate crashers, leading to new security and policy changes for 2015.

Police intend to use tall security fences that are reinforced with plywood on the outside, making it "that much more difficult for anybody trying to jump" over them, Officer Angel Zayon said.

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