Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Folly Beach set to ban booze forever-ever

Posted by Chris Haire on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM

I suck at making predictions, especially when it comes to politics. I'm a gagger, a spitter, a deep throater. I blow it, each and every time. I am a Bang Bus fluffer.

I thought Mark Sanford would resign.

I thought Vincent Sheheen would be sitting in the Governor's Office right now.

I thought Mitt Romney would win the SCGOP primary.

And I thought that Nikki Haley was going to enter the presidential race.

So please forgive me for this bit of rudeness, but I've got to gloat. For once in my life, I got one right: Folly Beach City Council is going to ban booze on the beach forever, and they're going to do it without holding the much ballyhooed citywide referendum that they originally promised. (The ban isn't law yet. It still has to pass the second and third readings, but make no mistake, the deal is as good as done.)

But as sad as it that the days of getting blotto on the beach are said and done, I can't help but smile and pat myself on the back and belt out a quick cheer of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"

Anyhow, here's what the P&C's Schuyler Kropf has to say about the last night's meeting:

In a surprise twist, City Council opted Tuesday night to endorse an outright ban on alcohol by the surf, rejecting the option to put the issue to an island-wide vote Nov. 6.

The move stunned a crowded council chamber, where many of those in attendance didn't expect that the sought-after public referendum would fall out of contention.

The split was 3-3 when Mayor Tim Goodwin cast the deciding vote.

“I'm ready for it to be over with,” Goodwin said afterward, adding that he foresaw a return to the problems of public drunkenness and rowdy behavior, seen in abundance this year, if the referendum went the other way.

Funny. That's pretty much what I said a few weeks back:

You don't have to be an expert on banana republic politics to see what's happening here. Folly Beach City Council clearly wants a permanent ban, and they're afraid that the citizenry won't vote the way council wants them to, and so Mayor Goodwin and his cohorts just might be planning to do an endrun around the promised democratic process and ban booze anyways. After all, as the article states, the Council just might decide that the citizen petition is reason enough to put a permanent ban in place, with or without a referendum.

You know, on second thought, being right kinda sucks. In fact, it blows.

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