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Tybee Island Partygoers Say Orange Crush is Crushed By Mother Nature

Tybee Island Partygoers Say Orange Crush is Crushed By Mother Nature

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA - When a controversial spring break college party on Tybee Island is crushed by rain and cold wind, partygoers say they're limited to continue their fun indoors. 

The annual beach party known as Orange Crush has been hyped for weeks now, but the mood was dampened on Saturday.

Some city officials like Mayor Jason Buelterman sighed relief, thanking Mother Nature for coming to the aid of law enforcement to keep mischief to a minimum. However, police forces will still be on the lookout for partygoers into the evening.

The sky was gray, as clouds hung in the air over Tybee Beach. Beach goers looking forward to Orange Crush were greeted in a bleak light. 

"The mood right now is kind of crushed, not Orange Crush, but crushed," said one partygoer. "I'm disappointed."

In years past, another student hoping for fun described a different scene. 

"You know, further up here there's a lot of loud music playing. There's a lot of people partying, and closer to the water, they're all relaxed and having a good time," Brian Weber says. "A bunch of people from Savannah State University just right here playing loud music, drinking, and having a good time."

However, city officials view the change in weather as helpful to policing the party.

"You have a large group of young people with little or no adult supervision. You know, that can create problems for anybody," Mayor Jason Buelterman says. 

He hoped this would keep some mischief at bay. Among violations from partying the night before, he says there were drug charges. Police will maintain an added force throughout the weekend to keep a check on festivities into Saturday evening. 

Meanwhile, folks are hoping the weather doesn't dampen the spirit. 

"I'm seeing a lot of people come onto the beach, just to walk back off," Weber said. "It's wet. It's kind of cold and windy. I know a lot of people are going to be turned away just because of that."

Others plan to move the party indoors. 

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