TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman is making a vow to keep Orange Crush off the beach after a violent shooting Saturday, multiple situations involving violence and shots fired and trash left behind.
According to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 17 there were 45 arrests, 13 of those were felony arrests. Some of those arrests were drug and gun-related charges. One person was injured after being shot and the Rape Crisis Center said one woman was sexually assaulted.
WTOC went door to door to businesses, some telling us they had larger crowds this weekend than the 4th of July but made less money for reasons like shoplifting and less tips. One hotel owner said he stayed up all weekend because he was concerned about his safety.
John Zuercher and his wife were staying at Sky Suites for part of the weekend and said they couldn't help but feel sorry for the owner.
"He told me in his little hotel like two people would check in and then the next morning, eight would come out of the room," he said.
The hotel owner said he's dealt with everything from cleaning vomit out of his parking lot to finding bullets in one of the hotel rooms. Many businesses are hoping this was the last year of Orange Crush.
Tybee City officials are putting together a taskforce of local and state officials to ban the event altogether but how do you stop folks from coming to Tybee to party?
Officials said they want to ban alcohol on the beach during Spring Break and enlist an even heavier police presence, similiar to the measures Panama City Beach has taken after several students were shot on the beach last month.
"It's just a little too big for Tybee. It really needs to find another beach," Zuercher said.
Tybee Public Works crews got to work early to clean up debris left over from the aftermath of Orange Crush on Tybee Island this past weekend.
Crews began cleaning around 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning, and have now put the final touches on getting the beach back to normal after hundreds of people joined together for the spring break party.