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Remember all that brouhaha that took place on Folly Beach on the Fourth of July? (If not, you can read about it here.)
Well, that "temporary" ban on alcohol isn't so temporary anymore, and the sign of this change became clear in August.
On August 14th, the Folly Beach City Council opted to have a total ban on alcohol on the beach and officially rejected the option to have an island-wide vote on November 6th that would decide if the ban would stay—or if it would, indeed, just be temporary.
Mayor Tim Goodwin cast the deciding vote, stating afterward, "I'm ready for it to be over with." He said that he was afraid that the area would see a return to chaos and public drunkenness if the alcohol ban was lifted.
And many locals agree with Mayor Goodwin. Resident Darlene Rawls said, "Keep Folly fun, not drunk," a sentiment that other residents shared.
The City Council's four-to-two vote extended the ban through December 31, 2012. So, folks (locals and tourists alike), don't plan on bringing that cooler full of ice-cold beer out onto the beach this fall or you could be facing serious fines.
This alcohol ban deems open containers of alcohol not only illegal on the streets and public property of Folly Beach, but also on the beach itself.
The council will meet on Tuesday, September 11th, to vote on a permanent ban.
How do you feel about the alcohol ban? Are you for or against it?
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