May 01 2017

Where Should I Park When I Come to Folly?

The secret’s out about Folly Beach – it’s the place to be during the summer. And, well, spring and the fall and basically year-round. But as the Charleston area has exploded in popularity these last few years, the pull of the beach means we have more people than ever trying to fit on Folly on any given day.

Don’t worry . . . there’s room enough for everyone! However, there are rules and regulations regarding driving around and parking at Folly Beach. Since opting out of familiarizing yourself with them could lead to an unwelcome ticket from the Department of Public Safety, let’s take a few minutes to review.

Although not an official rule, Folly driving etiquette actually starts as you enter the island. Instead of merging into the left lane before crossing the bridge by Crosby’s early, it’s actually recommended that drivers fill both lanes and weave in as cars approach the end of the right lane. This helps traffic flow as smoothly as possible.

Once you get on the island and are looking for parking, there are many things to keep in mind.

You’ll obviously want to memorize the list of parking no-nos – there is no parking allowed on the roadway, sidewalks, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, in a crosswalk, on dunes, against traffic, within 20 feet of an intersection, or anywhere marked by yellow lines.

And when we say no parking on the roadway, we’re not joking. If you’re planning to park on the side of the road, make sure all four tires are in the grass or on the sand. Basically, if any portion of any tire is touching the pavement, you’re fair game to get flagged with a ticket.

Also not a good idea? Blocking public or private driveways, diagonal parking, parking in ADA accessible parking spaces without an ADA license tag or visible permit, and spotting or standing in a roadway.

All of the above are punishable by tickets or fines not to exceed $1092. Not a great way to end an otherwise lovely day at the beach, eh? It’s best to be on the safe side and always follow the rules and regulations put in place by the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety.

Lastly, remember that while Folly is a great place to visit, it’s also the place that many people call home. When you come for a day at the beach, try to be mindful of where people live. You’ll find the native Follyians are fantastic folk, but they’ve got people to see and places to go, too.

It may seem tempting to pull into an empty driveway or pull up behind a car parked in a home’s drive but, well, that’s just bad beach etiquette (and it could wind up with you being towed and/or fined).

Bob Hart Author

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