Some Tybee Islanders got an early start bettering the beach on Earth Day, plucking trash out of the sand in the wake of Orange Crush, an unofficial yearly gathering of college students and young adults.
When Tony Abruzzio and his fiancee were taking their morning walk on the beach Sunday, he saw something he called appalling.
“Bottles, broken-up ice coolers, towels—you name it, all over the place,” Abruzzio said. “ . . . It was really unnecessary and unneeded.”
Abruzzio and others got to work cleaning the beach near the pier. But Abruzzio didn’t stop there. He posted a video to YouTube that quickly made its way around the social media sphere of the Coastal Empire, prompting online debate about Orange Crush.
Tybee police made 18 arrests Sunday, six of them for felony drug offenses, [Police Chief Bob] Bryson said.
He likened it to a flash mob: “People just show up,” he said.
[Editor’s Note: Another article on this event notes that “Orange Crush is the unofficial name attached to annual beach party for young Africans Americans.”]