Jill of all trades at Fleet Landing.
"Like Williams, Wilson says that she only voted in favor of the bill as a "courtesy and show of respect" for both the mayor and Mullen, and that she has yet to get a straight answer about some of the ambiguities in the ordinance regarding who is grandfathered and who isn't."
Also amazed by this statement. How about courtesy and a show of respect for the F&B professionals who have not only helped majorly revitalize the Upper King area but have also garnered national press that has people flocking to our city to spend money. Not even getting into the negative revenue ramifications or blatant unfairness that would exist in letting some businesses be open for two hours more than others - this is a punch in the face for F&B who will work all day serving locals and tourists alike but not be able to go out for a drink after work.
From an F&B perspective: not only will this be limiting the hours that we can go out and enjoy our own town (after work - 11:30 pm is a regular out time), but what bartender who regularly closes any business in this town would willingly give up a good portion of their income? This is a tourism-driven city, and that hat hangs heavily on the restaurants and bars that support Charleston. Don't punish us for choosing to work in one of Charleston's most important industries!
From a business perspective: how is loss of revenue a GOOD idea for anyone? Employees, businesses, AND the city are affected by this poor decision. They must've forgotten just how must we put towards the 2% accommodations tax, 8.5% sales tax, and 5% liquor tax with our sales between midnight and 2 am. Do you like those new schools you've gotten in the last year? Or how about the roads that have been nicely paved again?
And the fining continues. They continue to take away parking spots for "tour buses" and "carriages" and now they've even confiscated spots for bike corrals (certainly NOT against them, I'm just not sure why they need to be IN a former car parking spot?). All to force people into the garages.
And #charlestonsc - needs both to count!
Wow. As part of this "20 something" generation, I'd like to politely point out that not all of us are "petulant punks who grew up with no fear for authority and no respect for others." Some of us are locals who have been frequenting Folly Beach every possible Saturday for the ten years we've lived here in addition to the weeks spent vacationing here as children. We spend money at Folly's businesses, we spend time on Folly's beach, we make nice with Folly's residents (and are good friends with several), we RESPONSIBLY drink on Folly's beach, we clean up our trash when we leave, and everyone is happy. In addition, we rent houses at Folly twice a year for staycations because we love it THAT much.
Sure, there are bad apples. But there are bad apples in every bushel, my friends; and being a certain age doesn't immediately give you spots.
As I've said since this whole thing started, my problem is we've been grounded. Adults - who pay their own bills, own their own houses, and hold steady and respectful jobs - can't enjoy a beer on the beach on a rare day off.
The Charleston area as a whole, including Folly Beach, is a seasonal destination...whether you like it or not. Restaurants, hotels and bars will tell you that there is an on-season and an off-season. And when it's on, it's time to save the fat for the lean season. This ban has cut some Folly businesses at the knees. Where they used to have until October to enjoy revenue and save for the winter, it has now slowed in July.
And if you don't like the seasonality of our fine little corner of the world, I suspect there are thousands of other cities that don't experience the seasonal influx of people. Like Omaha.
I'm about done listening to the dribble that everyone in my generation grew up getting a participation trophy and using Daddy's credit card for everything. There's a difference between being privileged and being a jerk about it. Yes, I fully agree that the D-bags who were shuttled in (from out of town) to the beach to have what was billed as the "party of the year," behaved badly. Terribly, in fact. But I don't think that the rest of us should be punished with an "all-in" ban. There has to be some middle ground.
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