Just another New Orleanian in the Holy City!
waiting to careen into unsuspecting tourists next weekend with my car...
I have eaten here 3 or 4 times since opening, and its been great each time. I live on folly, but wear a tie to work downtown, so I think this place would appeal to everyone. Im glad it opened, because of the pork appetizer alone. Its fantastic! Also not to be missed is the fried turkey, it's excellent! Keep it up CSK, I enjoy good food and service no matter if its lunch, dinner, weekday, or weekend. Reasonably priced great food is a home run in my book.
Just wait until one of the bars that gets cited frequently is owned by the friend of a council person. As Haire infers, it will be a slippery slope of good 'ol boy politics once these establishments come in front of the newly created review board, or whatever. It's a damn shame this happened.
@Jaxx: police state? 4 or 5 days of the year, bud. I think you can survive some extra blue lights here and there to take care of the real problem people out there.
@chikaby pond: You missed the fact that I lived on the beach and in charleston for a long time. I'm aware of the lack of parking, road shoulders, beach erosion-in fact that actually helps my point. Cops need to stake a chunk of the sand to be visible. And to the point that 'all those things have been tried in the past,' if the partying and fighting and lude behavior is out of hand now, but really wasn't as big a problem then, why have all those things been abandoned? Seems like they should be brought back, because they worked.
Its a shame, but you just can't expect that people are going to behave properly out there anymore. People are selfish, naive, and apathetic towards others. You have to plan for the worst. I wish this wasn't the case.
Its not like this is the first time Folly PS expected 40,000 people on the beach. The town police can't continue to be outnumbered this gravely. If people are crowded on 10th block like Oakenfold is spinning at Ibiza, circa 2003, you need to shut that down.
Outsource police for big weekends in the summer. Do cooler checks. Do ID checks. Have a presence on the beach, set up mini stations every other beach walk-over, WHERE YOU CAN SURVEY THE LAND. Have bike police write tickets to parking violators. Tell people, 'hey, we're cracking down on the ABUSE of the rules!' Have cops travel in packs of 4 or 5, helping each other identify violators. If you act tough to those folks breaking the rules, they won't come back.
Crowd control is an art form(I grew up in new orleans, and we have this little thing called mardi gras), and I have NEVER witnessed good crowd control on Folly. To those of you who say 'the salary isn't enough, or the town can't afford it,' I point to the accommodations tax money as a supplement. Use it.
At $160 per 8 hr shift, I'm asking for 100 extra cops per day-4 or 5 days of the summer(or year depending on how you look at it), plus their cars, gas, other expenses. I'm talking about spending $21,000/day to have a safe holiday.
Think of all the bad press not spending this 20k has cost you. Think of all the tickets you could have written to those idiots EMPHATICALLY breaking the rules to help pay for this. How much does this inability to enforce your own rules mean for future revenues? or for your reputation among future rule-breakers moving forward? Ask the business owners on center st now, I bet they have a good idea how much!
Oh, and money was found to make civic building and 'vehicle' improvements in the last 1.5 years, and to study the traffic flow on Folly, so I know the money is there. Those were needed, but this is equally important. Council, I challenge you to get the money, hire the police force, and right this ship, before you lose this unique way of life forever!
I'm a former CHS and FB resident. I lived in the 843 for almost 12 years. My name is Brandin. Stand up if you have an opinion and share it. This needs to be fixed!
I'm getting a copy rush delivered!
Thats no joke, but some serious beer slinging! Keep it up, Chris! Bravo to you!
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