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Orange Crush Expected To Descend On Tybee This Weekend

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The annual Orange Crush beach party is expected to take place on Tybee Island this weekend. Loosely organized through social media, it's rarely certain exactly when the event will take place. There has also been talk of it happening on April 20th because it's traditionally happened later in April.
A local group worked with Tybee's Mayor late last year following citizen complaints after the 2012 event. They tried to plan an organized event, but their permit request was turned down by Tybee City Council. Instead, the organizers have planned parties for both Friday night and Saturday night, taking place away from Tybee. One is happening at a Savannah location, the other just across the Talmadge Bridge in South Carolina, but the traditional beach party is still expected to take place at Tybee during the day.
Tybee's Police Chief, Bob Bryson, says his department is prepared for both weekends, though based on twitter traffic they've been monitoring, they expect the bigger crowd the weekend of the 13th. Chief Bryson says the city will have help from neighboring agencies in controlling those crowds. CEMA will be bringing out it's Mobile Command Unit which will be set up in the beach parking lot. Members of the drug squad will also be out. Chief Bryson says based on complaints from citizens following last year's Orange Crush, his officers will be more pro-active in writing citations for littering, loud music and public indecency. The Chief says there will be no roadblocks or safety checkpoints coming on to the Island, but safety checkpoints could be set up at the exits from the beach parking lots. He advises both those attending Orange Crush and the Tybee Wine Festival this weekend to appoint a designated driver.

The events planned for this weekend include a 10 pm party Friday night at Island Breeze near the intersection of Victory Drive and Montgomery - Saturday night's event will be held at Club Karma just across the Talmadge in South Carolina.  It also starts at 10 and both will feature entertainment.

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