I just wish they would stay open past 8 pm. I would be there three+ nights a week during summer if I could eat at 8:30.. Surf til dark!
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.
Jennysays: To clarify, I am in no way bashing the Post and Courier. I write for them as well on an almost weekly basis. I'm lamenting that news organizations in general are stretched thin. This sort of local news may be a thing of the past all too soon, and all we'll be left with is the chorus of back and forth voices in forums like this.
Jaxx: Stay tuned.
Susan, I assume this is you using the 'follitics' handle by your tone? Do you really claim to speak for that entire group of citizens on Facebook who supposedly discuss politics on Folly Beach without a group bias?
The Folly Current website has been taken down, or I'd link to the coverage we did give these issues. You're correct that beach behavior was never headline news during my tenure, because we never had any major issues that warranted that sort of exposure.
The pro-ban people, yourself included, began pushing this long ago. At the end of last year's season you began organizing in earnest, posturing to push your agenda at the first inkling of a problem during summer 2012. The most vocal ban advocate within Follitics, Facebook user 'Chris Marley,' even had the gall to post a note last week that he didn't support a full ban until the events of July 4. Wisely, he quickly removed it.
You could not have asked for better fodder than the Post and Courier's relentless coverage of the 'riot.' It certainly made it easy to rile up a segment of the citizenry.
Thanks for the info on the police officer. I wish I'd read that in the newspaper.
I agree that we need to take steps to demand respect from our visitors. There are a lot of creative options on the table that don't involve a permanent, 100 percent removal of a privilege that many of your fellow citizens value.
Hopefully our elected representatives will listen to a full spectrum of the citizenry. Ultimately, a public vote should decide this.
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