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Tybee bracing for Orange Crush

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Tybee Island is gearing up for a bash that's been controversial in the past: Orange Crush.

It's an annual gathering of college-age students for an ad hoc beach  party. Some organizers tried to get a permit for this year's event but were turned down by Tybee City Council.

"There were a couple folks who came to us and looked at the possibility of making this a planned, coordinated, staged activity," Mayor Jason Buelterman said. "But even if that hypothetically had been approved, there's no reason to think there wouldn't have been another one on another weekend because this historically has been something we find out through social media, the radio, when it's going to be. It's not a planned, permitted event."

Tybee Police Chief Bob Bryson says organizers instead got a permit from Chatham County for the Tybee Pier's pavilion. That party will be April 13. City officials are expecting a second bash on April 20, not organized, and not officially sanctioned. They've likened the event to Panama City Beach, Fla.'s Spring Break and are bringing in extra police officers from across Chatham County.

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