Folly Beach officials are waiting for engineers to survey any structural damage Hurricane Irene may have left behind to the popular fishing pier. For locals, one of the first things that comes to mind when they think of Folly Beach is the 1045-foot fishing pier that runs from the sandy dunes into the Atlantic Ocean. Since Hurricane Irene swept by the South Carolina coast, Charleston County officials have been cautious about pier and beach events. Although the pier remains opened for visits and fishing, special events are being canceled because of possible damage to one of the pilings after the category 2 storm.
Officials say structural engineers must examine any damage at the pier before any events go on. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission says they do not know when the engineers will look at the possible damage so they have canceled two “Moonlight Mixers” scheduled for Friday and October 7. The commission says they just want to be careful.
The Folly Beach County Park also remains closed for the remainder of the year due to hurricane damage. Park officials say visitors are encouraged to still use nearby Isle of Palms County Park or Kiawah Beachwalker Park.