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Sources close to the loosely organized 'Orange Crush' weekend on Tybee Island, tell WSAV.com that events will proceed this weekend, despite a permit cancellation from Chatham County.The permit was terminated after organizers failed to pay, officials say.

Events including organized parties at Tybee area bars, and beach gatherings are expected. Social media posts are also touting the annual gathering this weekend.

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Now for a News 3 follow up -- earlier this week we reported that the beach party known as "Orange Crush" was back on the books for Tybee after Chatham County issued a permit for the pier.

Well tonight we learned that the permit has been pulled.

Orange Crush has always been a word of mouth event, so today I spoke with some of the men who tried to bring structure to the festival.

They say they were approached by Tybee Mayor, Jason Buelterman last year, after a video spread showing massive amounts of trash left on the beach.

Being heavily involved in the community, local personalities Lil G and Gil Jones say they felt a responsibility to do the event the right way.

Pooling their contacts, they say worked hard for a compromise with Tybee City Council. But because that didn't work out, they've washed their hands of it all.

"Everything we wanted to do, they were in agreement with," says Lil G.

"We met with the City Manager as well, and we all came together with a plan to have police out there, to come out and pick up the trash, those things. So it was real easy. I was shocked; I was shocked when they turned down our permit to be a part of Orange Crush."

A permit was acquired for the Tybee Pier through Chatham County, but a spokesperson with the Parks and Recreation Department tells me that permit was canceled when full payment wasn't received.

Jones was assisting in this year's festival, but if Tybee isn't willing to give the all clear, he says the event should not move forward-- but at this point, there is no way to stop it.

"There is not an event planner. It's random, people are going on Facebook, going on Twitter saying, ‘Orange crush is this weekend, see you at Tybee.' If you don't have that structure, what's going on now is, people are saying it's one date, some are saying it's another date, some people might say it's another month, you just don't know."

The original permit for the party at their pier was issued for April 13th, but because of social media, another date of April 20th is also a possibility. Mayor Buelterman says to stay on top of the festival, they are preparing for crowds both weekends.

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