UPDATE: MTV not filming Orange Crush, mayor says

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – MTV will not be filming Orange Crush, an annual party on Tybee, according to the island’s mayor.

In recent weeks, organizers spread word that the television channel would be documenting and recapping the unpermitted event.

Mayor Jason Buelterman did confirm that MTV does have a permit to film the weekend of Orange Crush, April 25-28. But News 3 has since learned it’s for a TV show.

Meanwhile, Tybee Police have safety preparations underway for the busy weekend. With Orange Crush and the island’s annual Tybee Wine Festival, an influx of visitors and traffic is expected.

Organizers of a controversial party on Tybee Island say MTV will be there in two weeks to document what happens. Orange Crush is an unpermitted event that draws large crowds every year.

People who live on Tybee Island say a sea of people at Orange Crush is not the problem. It’s the lack of communication. “This is something that just pops up,” said Michael Flores, a Tybee store manager.  “This is not fair to people who are not expecting a big crowd like that.” 

Flyers say Orange Crush will happen from April 25-28. 

“I’m okay with anything as long as they’re being respectful to businesses and being respectful to people’s property,” said James Alford.

The city says police will enforce special safety protocols during the event.

“The traffic protocols are intended to maintain emergency services access to the entire island during times of high vehicular volume. Highway 80 and Butler Avenue will be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction with a reserved lane for emergency access. Barricades will be used to control access to the parking areas at the south end and to keep traffic out of our residential districts. Once the parking areas are full, traffic will be directed back northward on Butler.”

In March, the city says it sent Orange Crush organizers a letter explaining that there would be consequences if they do not get a permit. A city ordinance says the city can hold organizers financially responsible for costs associated with the event.

The city says it could cost up to $50,000. 

Orange Crush organizers say they never got the letter.  They add that they are willing to work with Tybee officials as long as the agreement benefits both sides. They also “demand transparency.” 

Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman says the city has reached out to organizers on their Facebook page but have never received a response. 

Organizers say MTV is headed here on April 27. Organizers say the network plans to document and recap the infamous beach party. 

News 3 has reached out to Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman who says he does not know if MTV is coming to the island. MTV did not respond to our request for comment. 

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