Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams on Thursday spoke out on the status of the city’s preparation for the Orange Crush Festival scheduled for later this month.
Williams told News4Jax that the coordination with organizers has been “haphazard” as city officials plan for the three-day festival, which attracts thousands of people.
Orange Crush is set for June 18 to June 20 and will have events throughout Jacksonville and along the beaches. The festival moved to the Jacksonville area from Georgia’s Tybee Island, where it was held previous years. The mayor of Tybee Island said there were issues with alcohol use, reckless drivers and partiers blocking traffic. Promoters said they wanted to move because what they believe was a lack of resources, limited parking and civil rights violations by Tybee Island officials.