Orange Crush's effect on Tybee businesses

Orange Crush's Effect on Tybee businesses

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Several main roads closed to vehicle traffic for the Orange Crush event on Tybee Island this past weekend, so several businesses that normally have weekend hours opted to keep their doors shut.

Tybrisa and Strand Streets are two of those heavily traveled areas that have bars, restaurants and gift shops, some that didn't open up at all on Saturday.

Several owners or managers of the restaurants and bars WTOC went in to Monday told WTOC they opted to stay closed on Saturday, in part because they believe the younger crowd of Orange Crush were likely more focused on drinks than food. ?

For the owner of Spanky's on Strand Street, experience has shown him that being open for the first half of Saturday is enough.

"Slow, slow. Compared to last weekend, we did about 33 percent of the business we did from the previous weekend," said Spanky's owner John Yarbrough.

But other than a few attempts at a dine-and-dash, Yarbrough says his restaurant didn't have any trouble. His main focus was taking care of his staff.

"I have a lot of young staff from 16 and up. Parents are concerned, and we want to get them home, don't want them staying in traffic until 11, 12, 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning," said Yarbrough.

StingRay's Seafood wasn't as lucky. We're told multiple dine-and-dashers forced the restaurant to close around 9 p.m. Saturday. And large crowds were still lingering Sunday afternoon, one incident that we haven't confirmed with police exactly what was happening, was caught on camera right in front of Spanky's on Strand Street.

Tybee Island Fire and Ocean Rescue was on hand to help police with medical emergencies.

"We had just a few calls. A few fights break out with cuts and scratches, nothing major this year," said Tybee Island Fire Department Chief Ashley Fields.

Just about every year, we hear about the possibility of a follow up event the following weekend. But so far, we haven't been able to confirm that will happen this year.

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