Orange Crush: What we know about this weekend’s festival in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As many as 25,000 people are expected to converge on Daytona Beach for a five-day event called the Orange Crush Festival.


The event is unsanctioned and unpermitted, which makes some people concerned that we could see chaos like from similar events in years past.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood went as far as sending a letter to the organizers, telling him to cease and desist promoting the Daytona Beach event.

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The promoter said the event is definitely going to happen. The festival will kick off on Wednesday.

The event features DJs, artists and events geared toward college students on spring break.

Orange Crush has been held in Tybee Island in South Carolina, where police reported issues with drinking, drugs and trash years ago.

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Chitwood threatened “zero tolerance” for any violations and could charge the promoter for overtime and cleanup costs.

Police said the Orange Crush events in Jacksonville and Miami happened this year without any issues.

Businesses like Franny’s said they aren’t worried about the tens of thousands of visitors expected in town.

“We’re not worried about that. The only thing I’m worried about is who are we sending to the store to get more chicken because we are going to be ready,” said Cee-Jay the jazzy chef.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.