Folly Beach City Council last night voted to ban alcohol on the beach– and the issue will not go to a voter referendum.
Mayor Tim Goodwin broke the 3-3 tie, saying, “I’m ready for it to be over with,” a surprising turn as voters had petitioned for a referendum on the controversial matter.
The issue was sparked by a large-scale brawl on the beach on July 4, resulting in arrests and injured police officers
The ordinance needs two more readings to become permanent.
Councilmember Tom Scruggs says his phone calls and emails have been overwhelmingly in favor of the ban. But some Folly Beach merchants spoke against it, saying responsible beach drinkers are being penalized for the actions of those involved in that July 4 beach brawl that led to the alcohol ban.
The current, temporary beach alcohol ban will remain in effect through the end of the year. Folly had previously been the last Charleston-area beach to allow drinking.