References: #Charleston City Paper
Folly Beach's problem isn't a choice of alcohol or no alcohol
Much and more has been written about the Folly Beach July Fourth incident and the alcohol band debate that has followed in its wake.
A temporary 60-day ban on alcohol at the beach is now in effect while town council debates adding a permanent ban to the November 4 referendum.
Still, for all the talking (and sometimes shouting) that has been done, there has been little perspective.
Writing for the Charleston City Paper, Stratton Lawrence offers up a local perspective, in part:
Truth be told, we could have avoided the incident on July 4 if the police were able to enforce the law. Neither an open, pay-to-drink liquor bar and big speakers blaring dance music are legal on the beach. Chief Brown protests — rightfully so — that his 16 officers can't thoroughly patrol 50,000 people on a beach. ... If the 60-day ban shows results, perhaps a permanent ban is the right answer. In the mean time, the ban is certainly having a detrimental effect on local businesses.
It's a well reasoned middle of the ground column, read it here.
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