Tybee Island alcohol ban appears to keep the island clean during Orange Crush

(Credit: Briana Trusty)

A trashed beach is a common complaint that Tybee Island residents have during the annual Orange Crush weekends.

“I live down the street from the beach and every morning I wake up, go down the street and I have to pick trash up," said Tybee Island resident, Bill Blaky. "I don’t understand where that thought process even comes from to just trash the place.”

For the past two years, there has been an alcohol ban during Orange Crush in an effort to decrease the amount of partying, and subsequent trash, on the beach.

Last year saw a significant decline in arrests and citations because of the ban.

This weekend's seemingly clear and quiet beach might just mean that this year's alcohol ban did the trick.

An increased police presence this year might also be contributing to the lack of loud music and trash on the beach.

At this year's Tybee Island State of the City Address, Mayor Jason Buelterman emphasized the importance of making sure that the island, and it's residents, did not pay the price during Orange Crush.

“We need to take steps to ensure that the thousands of tourists don’t degrade the quality of life for our residents,” he said.

Only time will tell if the steps taken will have a positive effect on both weekends of Orange Crush.

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