Tybee Island, Ga (WSAV) – Tybee Island may soon get on board with a move many beach towns across the southeast are adopting.
The city is considering an open air alcohol ban just for the month of April along the beach.
It’s in hopes of curbing crime and rowdiness that often comes with spring break crowds – which
includes the annual “Orange Crush” event.
A similar ban was implemented this month in Gulf Shores, Alabama and chaos in Panama City had them make the move, too.
More beaches are bumping booze from the sands and Tybee Island’s mayor wants his city to be next.
“Mainly it’s about safety and the people who’ve been hurt during spring break are generally the spring breakers themselves,” Mayor Jason Buelterman said. “And I feel like it’s our responsibility as a city to not only protect the residents, but everybody who comes out and visits Tybee.
Like all the rest, the goal is to tone it down out on the beach.
“I don’t want large spring break crowds on Tybee,” Buelterman said.
Orange Crush weekend earned a reputation of leaving a mess behind after a neighbor’s morning-after video went viral in 2012.
“Orange Crush was this weekend and it basically destroyed our beach,” the narrator said on the YouTube video.
Last year it turned violent when shots were fired after a confrontation between two people.
“The fact that nobody got killed is a miracle,” Buelterman said Thursday.
The ban proposal that’s slated to only span the month of April— is designed to ease the chance of the party getting out of hand.
“I’m not opposed to it because I’m traveling down here with my kids, I’ve got a seven and nine-year-old so I’d like to keep them a little more naïve as they grow older as to what happens on spring break, so it’s alright with me,” Tim Taege of Chicago said.
The Public Safety Committee is set to decide on the proposal Friday morning at 10:30.
If it goes through, city council will make a final vote.