Folly Beach City Council unanimously approved an immediate 60-day ban barring alcohol from the beach during a special public session on Tuesday night. A packed house gave a standing ovation in support of the council’s decision, following last week’s raucous 4th of July celebration and ensuing melee. Twenty people spoke at the public special meeting, some for, some against the ban.
After the public gave their comments, a workshop began around 6 p.m. to discuss three different options on alcohol consumption on the beach. Folly Beach officials say it all started with a fight that was caught on tape on July 4. Police say the block of beach on 10th street was overtaken by hundreds of people drinking when things got out of hand. Eight people were arrested following the drunken fight. Four police officers and a deputy were injured in the brawl. One deputy is currently recovering after he suffered a shattered knee cap and hand during the brawl.