FB Council Cracks Down on Beachgoers (4/14/20)

The Folly Beach City Council issued yet another press release on Tuesday, April 14 to accentuate previous rulings. In this 11th version, the council emphasized:

  • Rentals: "No new check-ins are permitted between April 7, 2020 and May 31st, 2020 regardless of length of stay. Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations, and the stay may be extended only for the same guests, on the same rental terms, and at the same address."

  • Physical Businesses: "May not allow patrons indoors and must follow CDC guidelines."

  • Beaches: "All public beach accesses are closed, and only persons owning beachfront property are permitted to access through a private walkover. Any guests of beachfront owners should be prepared to show signed, written permission from the owner on the beach."

This last restriction seeks to appease many on our island who complained to the Council about eager beachgoers jumping fences, creating own paths, and even walking through homeowner lots. For instance, several surfers have recently been noticed in the Washout area, far removed from beachfront homes.

As such, FB public safety staff will be patrolling the beach more often and asking for evidence that permits access. The penalty: $100 fine and/or 30 days in jail.