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Tybee Braces for Orange Crush

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After weeks of wondering if a controversial event will really take place this weekend on Tybee, officials say they are bracing for the crowds.

Orange Crush is expected to make waves this weekend, so we wanted to know how the City is prepping for the party.

Tonight I spoke with Mayor Jason Buelterman to get answers.

For the longest time, Orange Crush has been a word of mouth event, but this week we are learning that the event is a go.

Before today, it was difficult to get exact details and game plans from Tybee officials. Now, because the event is in the works, so is the City's plan of action.

"We are going to have all hands on deck," says Mayor Buelterman.

Last year, Orange Crush caused quite a stir on the island and gained itself a bad reputation. This time, with the impromptu event on the horizon, Buelterman says it's going to be different.

"We will have our Tybee officers but also Chatham County Sheriff's Deputies, Georgia State Patrol and some from Savannah State University too. We are doing all that we can and we have had some good cooperation."

But it's not so much crime that's the issue, it's the littler. The after math from the day after was posted on YouTube. This year, Mayor Buelterman says party goers should be extra careful.

"You know we have a littering ordinance- -we will be enforcing that as we always do. It's a difficult law to enforce, but we will be doing everything we can to enforce it and make sure people clean up after themselves; whether it's today, or other weekends at the beach."

He says citations should be expected. To prevent a situation like last year, volunteers have come out of the wood work to clean up if needed.

"We are going to make sure we clean the beach. I know that was an issue last year. We have our own Department of Public Works crews that are going to be out there at 4:30 the afternoon of the event, making sure we do everything we can to keep it clean."

However, the City can only do so much. He says much of it comes down to personal responsibility and conversations at home.

"I would think parents would think twice before allowing their children to go out into a situation with young people who don't have much adult supervision. People who come out there, just don't littler. Leave only your foot print. That is our motto."

Though the event is not sponsored by Savannah State University, SSU students will be out Sunday, April 14th at 7 A.M. cleaning the beach, and there will also be another Tybee Beautification Beach sweep Sunday afternoon at 5.

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