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Re: “Because of these jerks, booze is banned on Folly Beach

Another sad thing about this is that the economic effect of this decision (should it go permanent) will not be felt until next year because people have already booked their 2012 summer vacations to Folly, before the ban took place.

If there is a permanent ban (or if the current vacationers aren't aware that the current ban is only temporary), future vacationers who came here for the freedom to drink RESPONSIBLY on the beach might decide not to come back for summer 2013 and onward.

A tiered permit based system would have solved all of this and made way more money for Folly. Local residents would be issued complimentary permits, locals who do not live on Folly would get a discounted price on permits and people outside of the greater local area would be given access to full price permits. The permits could vary by day, week, month, etc. This would inject a huge amount of money onto the island and give Folly the ability to beef up enforcement measures.

I guess that made too much sense and would require too much real work and effort as opposed to nervously and lazily carpet bombing the entire island with a knee jerk ban on drinking.

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Posted by Dust on July 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Because of these jerks, booze is banned on Folly Beach

I've never been a fan of taking peoples freedoms away...the fact that this was the conclusion people elected to jump to without investigating any other measures is mind blowing and revealing.

Why weren't those party buses turned away immediately?

Why weren't the morons with amps and dj set ups shut down immediately?

While walking with my wife down the beach, I witnessed cops ride by the sound systems earlier in the day and they didn't say word one to those people...it seemed as if they waited for it to get out of hand before taking any action.

If it was due to police force limitations....then, I am curious to know why Folly has such a small police force during the busy summer season? Do we not make enough money in taxes via tourist spending to lease extra police-force help in the summer months? (At least for massive events like the 4th). I imagine Folly govt. makes a pretty hefty sum in tourist based spending alone and I'm curious why the resources for police work seem so low.

There is a host of other options that could have been tried before jumping to the emergency ban conclusion and it seems that none of them were investigated.

I've watched the 4th of July debacle build up steam every year for the last decade and NOTHING seemed to be done about it...

I'm ashamed in the morons whose behavior resulted in this ban and I'm also ashamed of the lack of action from the Government/Police leading up to this ban.

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Posted by Dust on July 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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