"Riverfront is still a small, quiet neighborhood because it's off the beaten path — but what's happening is that there is development going on all around it. We have two condo projects that are active right now, and there is talk of a third that's going to be right at our doorstep. With that development and the Piggly Wiggly across Folly Road, it's becoming very difficult on the weekends with the traffic coming and going from Folly Beach.
"I was born and raised on Folly Beach and I've been surfing most of my life. My wife and I were married at the Blacklock House down at College of Charleston one month after Hurricane Hugo. We got married at night to be absolutely certain that I showed up at the wedding instead of going surfing.
"That was a very active time. I oversee projects for the DNR — my degree is in marine biology — and during the recovery from Hugo, we not only had to rebuild so research could continue, we were trying to put our own lives back together.
"Right now, I'm working as project manager on the building of some facilities in the ACE Basin. Great place to work, great people.
"We chose to live here based on it being near the ocean but still, at the time, an affordable neighborhood. There are so many people moving into the area, it's just unbelievable. Who would've thought we were going to see what we're seeing today — traffic bumper to bumper.
"Most people move down here for the uniqueness of Charleston. Our pace of life has always been slower, deliberate: We knew what we were going to do and we'd just get to it. But just by so many people coming here, it changes the entire texture of the place. In a lot of ways, changing it into exactly what they left — a crowded, rushed place." —as told to Jason A. Zwiker
About the neighborhood: The section of James Island nearest to Folly Beach includes Riverfront as well as Bowens, Peas, and Sol Legare islands. It remains lush with marsh and river views but is at the center of significant Folly Beach "gateway" development.
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