November 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
First, a sad occasion. Vernon Knox, who served Folly Beach on the Planning Commission and City Council, and as a two-term Mayor, has died at the age of 64. Vernon came to Folly in the early 1980’s and served the city during a time of great change and growth. I will remember him for his love of Folly and his dedication to its future.
It’s the time of year when we are busy celebrating our favorite Holidays with friends and family. Over the next few weeks we will celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s!
With these standard Holidays comes the Folly Celebrations – a Thanksgiving Community Service on November 19th, held this year at the Methodist Church beginning at 6 pm. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Folly River Park, Sunday evening November 26th at 7 pm. Then December begins with Santa Claus visiting Folly’s children with gifts on Friday December 8th at 6 pm in Folly River Park, followed the next day by the Folly Christmas Parade Saturday December 9th at 1 pm, with Santa’s visit with everyone in the Folly River Park and the children’s celebration at the Baptist Church to follow. The annual Community Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday December 17th at the Baptist Church beginning at 6 pm, featuring combined voices from the three Folly churches. The month of December ends with Folly’s own Flip Flop Drop on the 31st to begin at 10 pm with raising the Flip Flops over Folly and music with Furman Dominick. When the Flip Flops touch down at midnight, the fireworks begin! These celebrations are followed on January 1, 2018 with the annual Polar Bear Plunge.
The next few weeks will be very busy. As everyone celebrates the Holidays, Folly Staff and I will be working with the Corps of Engineers and our contractors rebuilding the groins on the east end, and the mini renourishment of the east end that came with Hurricane Matthew relief funds. We will also continue to seek renourishment funds for damage from Irma, as well as working hard to get a full renourishment in the near future.
Busy times for busy people. But as we all get busy and decorations begin to appear in our homes, everyone at City Hall would like to remind you to have a safe Holiday Season. Whether driving to friends and family for Holiday gatherings, or decorating your homes, take time to make sure that we all end up safe, healthy and happy with great memories of the 2017 Holiday Season.
Happy Thanksgiving, and as always if you have any questions please call or email me to get them answered, email@example.com or (843) 729-0298.