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Tybee City Council approves last-minute permit request for 'Baywatch' filming

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

A late-night debate over the “Baywatch” movie set to be filmed on Tybee Island.

The filmmakers filed a last-minute permit request to expand the area of the beach they'd like to use for filming. Thursday night, the Tybee Island City council finally approved the permit, but it didn't come without a lot of debate.

Filmmakers originally planned to film on the pier and on the beach north of the pier, but they will now expand down to 18th street, essentially the entire beach on the south end.

Crews will start setting up on Monday, but filming will take place from March 23rd to April 29th – that’s when access to the beach would be limited.

Several people who own businesses across the street on Strand Avenue aren’t thrilled about the idea. They say this disruption will eat in to the spring break season they rely on for business.

“We have 23 peak weeks that make up our year and those are seven of them. Having said that, I think there can be a resolution - we’re not there - but there could be a resolution. I think we’re pretty far into this thing and we should be able to reach a resolution. I think they should do the right thing regarding guaranteeing any lost income to the businesses on the Strand,” said Jenny Orr, owner of Fannies on the Beach.

Negotiations are still going on between the filmmakers and the businesses about how much the businesses would be reimbursed for any lost revenue because of the disruption. But overall, the mayor and the majority of the council agreed that the film industry is hugely beneficial for the island’s economy.

Remember, beach access on the south end of Tybee will be limited once they start filming. They have about 15 days set aside to film between March 23rd and April 29th.

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