Oct 11 2016

The Storm Has Passed! Here Are a Few Important Folly Beach Updates

There’s an old adage that goes, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass — it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” And while our community wasn’t literally dancing in the elements during Hurricane Matthew, we certainly tried to make the best of a bad situation.

Having said that, it’s been a long week.

While Matthew didn’t hit our coast quite as hard as was expected and we are grateful for that, it definitely did some damage. On Folly Beach alone, many residents are still without power. Some streets are still flooded, and the shore is littered with relics from the churned-up sea.

But the spirit of Folly? Happily, that remained intact. It was evident in Bert’s keeping their doors open and firing up the grill for hotdogs and hamburgers when the power went out. Or the way the Tides hunkered down so they could harbor any residents who remained behind and felt unsafe during the storm. And, in the aftermath, how residents drove around checking on each other’s homes and offering to help one another pick up the pieces.

Naturally, everyone is ready to see Folly return to Her regular glory — but that might take a hot minute. In the meantime, here are a few important updates about the status of repairs, things going on around the beach, and more.

  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for October 11 has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, October 18.
  • Although power has been restored to half of the island, a Folly Beach Public Safety officer told us that there was a hitch in getting power restored to the east side. SCE&G is working diligently to get it done, though, and they are hopeful the entire island will have power by Wednesday morning, October 12.
  • It’s entirely natural for non-residents to be itching to get back to Folly’s restorative shores, so the following news will surely delight you: as of 1pm today, access to most of the island will be open to all traffic. However, access to portions of Ashley Avenue will still be restricted to residents (with two forms of ID), property owners (with proof of ownership), licensed Folly Beach business essential employees (employers must submit name), and contractors with a navy blue 2016 Folly Beach Business License Sticker (will have access from 8am to 6pm for emergency repairs).
  • Charleston Performing Arts Center’s Kids On Stage starts this Wednesday, October 12. Created to encourage self-expression and inspire creativity, this exciting program will consist of weekly classes held at the Community Center. The curriculum will span acting, singing, dancing, costume design, and scenic design. Bonus? The fall program will end with public performances at the Folly Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Folly Beach Christmas Parade. Click here for more info.
  • The island-wide curfew will remain in effect tonight from 10pm until 8am and will stay in place until power is fully restored — if full power is not restored by this evening. This means all business will need to be closed to the public no later than 9:30pm. If power is restored tonight, the curfew will be lifted.
  • Sixteen cannon balls were unearthed during the storm at Folly Beach. Wild, right? They have since been safely detonated, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. You can read more about the unusual find here.
  • Yes, the iconic Folly Boat survived! Hurricane Matthew may have nudged it a few inches, but this Folly landmark wasn’t about to let the storm win. In fact, courtesy of a kind group of Folly lovers, the boat is even sporting a brand new #FollyStrong paint job. Big thanks to April Ralston for the picture of the Folly Boat’s new colorful coating.

Hey, Hurricane Matthew… don’t come back now, ya hear?



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