On Feb. 9, 2017, Tybee Island officials adjourned an ongoing debate regarding the ban of alcohol on public beaches for the 2017 spring break. The council members voted 4-2, terminating the proposal after the majority of Tybee citizens including owners of property and businesses as well as island residents vouched in favor of consuming or carrying alcohol or alcoholic beverages on any Tybee beach.
In recent years, it had become ritual for college-going students to swarm the island in their spring break and annual Orange Crush festival. Binge drinking by college adults often resulted in violent and shooting activities. Last year, at least 18 shootings were reported at the time of orange crush celebrations. Since one can indulge in alcohol consumption publically in Tybee, it also resulted in a lot of traffic related incidents and raucous activities. Since last year, city officials were trying to ban the public consumption of alcohol to combat the aftermath. However, the majority of the people stood firmly against the law.
Public opinion takes over mayor’s efforts
John Branigin, an active participant in the anti-ban movement who gathered 700 signatures from people who disapproved the ordinance expressed his elation and said, “It’s a good day for Tybee.” He expressed that the council paid heed to the concerns of people and local businesses.
If the ban would have been approved, it would prevent anyone from carrying alcohol to any of the Tybee beaches for a duration of three months — between March and the first Saturday of May — and would have affected businesses like grocery stores, property management and the convenient stores. Just before the night of the meeting, furious protesters walked in a march at the North Beach parking lot chanting, “Ban the ban.”
Jason Buelterman, Mayor of Tybee Island, had proposed the ban to keep Tybee a safe island and has expressed disappointment with the poll results. He intends to redirect his efforts along with the police officials and prevent Tybee from becoming a spring-break destination with free-flowing booze.
Duane McClain of Atlanta, an event coordinator, is of the opinion that the Orange Crush festival is the main reason why the ban was likely to be imposed. He shared his experience from last year’s party when he heard gunshots and could sense the outcomes. Now that the ban has been lifted, he now this event to be a Spring Crush beach festival where sponsors get to interact and celebrate.
The city council is likely to settle on a budget that would account for recruiting additional police for supervision and security and other precautionary arrangements which will be necessitated during the upcoming Orange Crush festival.
Alcohol addiction means loss of life’s precious years
Easy availability of alcohol increases the chances of excessive drinking and dependence, which over a period of time, can become an addiction. It is important to seek a detoxification program that helps remove the accumulated toxins from the body and helps an individual regain control of his or her life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive drinking has resulted in the loss of 2.5 million years of potential life in the U.S., each year, from 2006-2010. This highlights the need to take preventive measures in addressing alcohol addiction at the earliest and provide adequate health facilities to those who are already affected by it.
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