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Orange Crush date still not set


A date still hasn't been set for Orange Crush 2013, an unorganized beach party on Tybee Island, after city council members rejected the organizer's special events application.

The company Crush Fest, LLC, out of Atlanta, wants to organize the event for next year. However, city council members say they have concerns over security, parking and cleanup.

Council held a special meeting at city hall Thursday to set a date for the event. But members say Crush Fest LLC needs to hire more police officers. Crush Fest wants to bring in 30 officers, but the city says it needs around 100.

There were also some scheduling conflicts. The city says other events are already scheduled on or around the time organizers would like to have the event, which is in early April.

The city says scheduling Orange Crush around that time would bring too many events to the island at the same time, causing overcrowding and congestion on the island.

But a big concern for council was cleanup. Members say they want Crush Fest to have organized crews to clean up the mess. Last year, many residents were angry after the beach was left trashed.

The city says it wants Orange Crush to be an organized event, but it will not set a date until both the city and Crush Fest can reach an agreement over safety and cleanup.

Council is also requesting Crush Fest take out a $1 million liability insurance policy. The city says right now, the ball is in the organizer's court to come up with a plan that will work for both the organizer and the city.

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