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Folly Enacts Beach Alcohol Ban

Emergency ban will last through Labor Day.

Folly Beach leaders voted Tuesday evening to ban alcohol from its beach for 60 days as it examines the future of alcohol on the sand.

Tuesday's decision comes after a July 4 brawl that injured police officers, the latest in a string of incidents authorities said were fueled by alcohol.

The 60-day ban is temporary, but it will extend through the rest of the 2012 busy beach season. Town council plans to revisit the issue in the fall, according to ABC News 4.

Residents spoke out strongly for a ban. They said drunk beach goers make a mess of the town during beach season, urinating on yards, littering and driving drunk, according to WCBD-TV.

Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms ban alcohol consumption on the beach. So does Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. Tybee Island outside Savannah allows public consumption of alcohol, so long as it's not in a glass container.

Proud Conservative Woman July 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
While I don't particularly support having alcohol on the beach, and don't regularly go to Folly Beach, it seems that the police are having a hard time enforcing unruly conduct on the beach already. What makes it more likely that they will be able to enforce the alcohol ban?
George fisher July 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Why punish everyone for the acts of a few?
stanley seigler July 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@George fisher: "Why punish everyone..." many laws punish everyone because of a few...actually the laws are to 'protect' everyone... with me the exception :) most drunks are obnoxious if not dangerous...they should not be allowed to spoil a family day at the beach.
Mike C July 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I live on Mt. Pleasant and mostly go to Sullivans beach. The alcohol ban does not affect me and my friends. You can get away with sipping discretely on a few beers. What they are looking for are the stoopid kids who blatantly and conspicously drink in public. These are the same "kids' who don't really spend money in the town. They just make a mess of the beach. You hardly ever see any activity like that at our beach with no mess. People are respectful and I can tell you that everyone still drinks. They just do it respectfully without drawing attention and take trash off beach.
Mike C July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
When I was a college kid i would have been against the ban. Now I understand why the did it.
Fisher July 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I mostly go to Sullivan's, too. It's just more convenient with smaller crowds. I've taken a small amount of wine in a thermos before. No problems, really. Of course, I'm not going nuts and ripping my clothes off, so I doubt the cops would care.
Kim Dutcher July 13, 2012 at 03:23 AM
To completely ban it for people who are just there to have a good time and are not bothering anyone I think a total ban is unfair. I would think it would be easier for the police to find and ban the rebels than to go after everyone who is on the beach having a few drinks and not bothering anyone else. I have been to Folley Beach many times and have not had any issues with anyone drinking and being bullies. I like the beach and enjoy sitting there relaxing and having a few cocktails with my husband and my adult children, I hope this will not be taken away from us.

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