By Katya Riedlinger
Many UGA students put on their funkiest outfit and flocked to Frat beach over the weekend, but this year was a little different.
According to Glenn County Commissioner Dale Provenzano, attendance to the beach was was down by almost 40 percent and many locals said they felt the pinch. Some hotels reported that booking was down by almost 30 percent and many businesses in St. Simons did not get the usual sales rush.
Even though there were less people this year, officials said they were very happy how it turned out. The goal was to stop underage drinking and keep the beaches trash free, Provenzano said. They felt that the party had gotten out of control and this past weekend they returned it back to good wholesome fun.
Provenzano said that the police were not there to “get” students, but were there to make sure students are safely enjoying the beach. For students wanting to attend next year, this strict protocol will still be in effect.
Check out some students safely enjoying the beach: