@And if elected...there were FAR LESS people on Folly Beach this year than last year. Everyone acknowledges that, including the city administration and the Folly Beach Public Safety. The result was exactly what they were aiming for. Less people. Your perception of it may be that there were more people, but it was estimated about 7,000-10,000 less by the authorities
Hippie riffraff? You obviously know nothing about the kinds of people that currently enjoy marijuana, or at least have in the past. This is not 1968 Susan....you should be ashamed of that reference. There are thousands of extremely successful business women and men, politicians, school administrators, civic leaders and on and on who have enjoyed themselves when smoking weed and continued to be responsible, productive members of society. There are obviously many others who understand it's a failed war and our time, money and resources can be allocated elsewhere with greater impact.
Both of those areas are much larger, with much greater populations, and much closer to Charleston. The restaurants and shops on FB will struggle with less visitors in the summer...they rely on the income during that time to try to make it through the rest of the year. Not the case with the other places...
I live on Folly, and while I'm not a fan of the immediacy of the ban, action needed to be taken. However, if this ban becomes permanent, then Folly Beach has to take other steps to continue to bring people into town.
The town council and some long time residents want to encourage more families to visit. Tell me, what is there for kids to do here? There is nowhere for them to congregate, and when they do, they get harassed (witness it often). There is no movie screens, other than Wednesday's at Tides. No arcades. No events directed at them outside of surfing. No mini golf. Nothing for them to do outside of walk around with their parents and mill around on the beach.
Also, if I live in Summerville and I want to go to the beach for the day, and I have to choose between a community that takes the time to sweep the beach and keep it clean and one that doesn't, I'm probably headed to the cleaner one, since I cannot enjoy my beverage of choice at either. And why sit in crazy traffic on a small two lane road, just to get a parking ticket because 1/4" of my front tire might be touching the pavement?
Yes, the situation was getting precarious. However, going from one extreme to the other never seems to be the best solution. And who does it hurt? Not the drunks, but rather the businesses like our Folly favorite Bert's Market who rely on the business.
Folly Beach, we can do better than this, and still keep our unique offering. Let's think logically about it. And for those who are tired of it and say Folly has gone to hell, they'll probably get tired of where they move to sooner or later and say the same thing there.
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