Tried to bring my dog to Poe's a while back and was told they don't allow dog's on the patio anymore. This was a summer or two back though. Has this changed?
I take my dog to a local, open to the public, beach and she can run off-leash everyday, all day within a 3000 foot stretch of beach. Guess where.
Folly was a ghost town the month after the alcohol ban. I remember the first weekend after the initial ban, we had to drive down to McKevlin's to pick up a board. We got a late start and were not heading down Folly Rd until noon. I was prepared to sit in traffic for an hour, as that tends to be the norm for Saturdays in the summer. Oddly enough, there wasn't another car headed to the beach. It was eery. Once we made it into the downtown area on Folly, we only saw a few people walking around. I am not sure if that will be the turn out for this summer, but I know it had to hurt businesses last summer.
A huge group (30-45) from where I work used to take the day off on Memorial Day and hang out on Folly to have some beers and play on the beach. We've all lived in the area for some time. None of us were ever arrested, none of us drove home drunk, nobody ever complained that we were being too rowdy. Now, none of the beaches allow consumption of alcohol, responsibly or not. This year it appears we won't be going to the beach. I'm sure we won't be the only ones to pass in favor of other options.
Was at Folly Beach a week ago enjoying the food and beverages at FBSC (which is under new management and could use another name) and I can tell you that for all the drinking that is not being done on the beach, patrons of area restaurants are taking up the slack. Everywhere you looked people were crowding into local establishments and even the Crosby's Seafood Friday night "dinner on the dock" had over 100 dinners enjoyed the open air ambiance of eating seafood beside the very fishing boats that caught it while watching a beautiful sunset over the marsh. (Have to wonder if their business license really allows that, but what the heck, sure looks like fun to me.) I am sure the beach ban will hurt a few businesses but overall it would appear to be a good thing. Now if they can just ban noisy motorcycles..
I don't see how you can call this propaganda, Chris. It's really nothing more than an update on where the ban-opposition movement stands, with some colorful language to make it an interesting read. My inclusion of LaJuan was reason enough to stick to a straight-forward approach that doesn't waver to either side. I respect her and her stance throughout this process. I think you've read it with strong bias. And of course, you're right - if they don't get the signatures they need, it's a dead issue. If they do, the story explains the process of what will happen. Simple as that. Finally, you'd be surprised how many people who do not live on Folly aren't exactly sure what the status of the ban is. I have to tell people all the time, especially now that it's beach weather, that 'yes, drinking is illegal now.' So the piece was also a reader service to reinforce that the ban is indeed in place.
No doubt, the beer pour into Coke cans
is rampant, not that I have ever done that. No way.
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