January 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
WOW! Welcome to 2018. It’s time to begin the work of another year. This year will bring refurbishing of groins from East 8th to 14th. The Corps will begin beach repair of hurricane Matthew damage on the East side. These items come to $13-million of beach repair and re-nourishment that will cost Folly citizens only $1.5-million from Beach Preservation Funds, due to work by City Staff, Dr. Nicole Elko and me with the Federal and State Governments to get funding. As the new year begins, we are working on funding from Hurricane Irma relief to help repair the West side. I also continue to work on making these repairs a full re-nourishment, which would save Folly thousands of dollars, and help build our Beach Preservation funds to do more work on dune preservation and public access.
Staff is working on issues in the City’s Strategic Plan, including an engineering study of our water system infrastructure to set a repair and replacement schedule to keep the system healthy in coming years.
A new year brings the tedious task of creating a new fiscal year budget. Each Department Head will work within the Strategic Plan to create a budget that the Mayor can approve and send to Council to be adopted with their input by July 1st, the start of the fiscal year.
City Staff is also working with a Traffic Engineer to study speed limits on the island and identify places that need lower speeds. The SC Department of Transportation requires this study to help protect our children and pets. As the Slow Down Moms say, we have none to spare.
Finally, Staff continues to work on livability issues for us Folly residents. This includes short term rentals, noise issues, roads, beach accesses, and storm drainage to mention a few. These are on-going tasks that, like many on our to-do list, can be shortened but never come to an end.
2018 will also be an election year for Mayor and three Council seats. Stay tuned for the list of Candidates, their views on Folly, and their plans to continue to maintain our City as the place we all love to call home.
Let’s also take time to remember the Folly citizens who are no longer with us. We need to keep their families in our prayers and thoughts. Many of them worked hard to help make Folly Beach the place we know and enjoy today. I would surely miss someone if I tried to list them, but we all know some or all of them and their families.
If you have questions, reach me at (843) 729-0298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.