Spring breakers take over Tybee Island for Orange Crush despite alcohol ban

Hundreds of spring breakers traveled from all over the country on Saturday to Tybee Island for Orange Crush. It’s an annual beach bash that is often associated with underage drinking and violence. 

For the second year, City Council members enforced a ban on loud music and open alcohol containers in public. Their hope was that the ban would control behavior.

Officers from Tybee Island, Chatham County, Savannah State and Georgia State Patrol all worked together to patrol the island. Tybee leaders also put a medevac helicopter and the Coast Guard on standby for any medical emergencies. 

However, many spring breakers told News 3 that the added security would not deter them from partying, and some even offered to help clean up the beach on Sunday. 

The Department of Public Works, Tybee Clean Beach volunteers and Savannah State University football players are meeting at 9 a.m. on Sunday to restore the beach to its original condition. 

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