Associate Counsel for Ultra Music Festival Michael Gaid responds via Ultra team attorney Scott Ponce:
“Routine mosquito control measures were undertaken to ensure guest health and wellness as well as their overall experience at our event. This effort was coordinated with Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
“Contrary to what has been stated, there was no use of chemical insecticide. Rather, a licensed company previously used by the Park applied natural mosquito control measures. We chose to avoid the use of chemicals in, or near, the Park’s sensitive environment and around our working crews. The product used is called Essentria IC3 and consists of several botanical oils. It has no aquatic toxicity. The licensed company also used BTI Dunks to treat any standing water found in the area. BTI is a naturally occurring bacteria that only affects mosquitoes and fly larvae and has no adverse effects to anything else in the environment.
“Our actions were consistent with our stewardship at the Park and commitment to sustainability.”