September 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
Happy Labor Day! It’s hard to believe another summer season is ending. It’s been a long HOT summer, with many pop-up thunderstorms and low-lying areas experiencing some flooding issues. While we will probably never be able to completely eradicate flooding issues as a City, our staff and Charleston County Storm Water Division are working diligently on this ongoing problem. Nothing in government bureaucracy happens overnight, but we are pushing the schedule up as far as possible, and are ahead of our previous plan for Charleston County. That does not mean we have quit squeaking, because we all know the squeaking wheel gets the grease.
All our prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. While the East Coast was spared this giant storm, we citizens of Folly Beach need to be vigilant, as we are now in the middle of hurricane season! Making plans, getting our emergency travel supplies, flood proofing our homes as much as possible, and understanding what our best evacuation routes and options are now, while things are quiet and we can make thoughtful decisions. Remembering, that a close call with a tropical storm or hurricane off our coast can bring high winds and coastal flooding to our island. It does not have to be a direct hit to cause us a lot of local problems with flooding, power outages, etc.
I would suggest all residents pay close attention to the upcoming Planning Commission meetings and Public Hearings. These meetings and hearings can be found on the City’s website or you can contact our planning Department, Aaron Pope, at City Hall. They will be discussing Livability items such as; vacation rental houses and the new rules for them that include an occupation cap at 49 people for all events. This will also include no amplified music, bands or DJs allowed at these rental houses. This will be discussed at a public hearing on September 11th.
Other items coming up include a “Tenant Behavior Ordinance.” This will make the owner responsible for the actions of their tenants, with the possibility of losing their Business Licenses. Finally, there are proposed changes to Business Licenses that would have owners maintain $1 million of Liability insurance. If you have any ideas, comments, or concerns on these or other livability items, please contact the City Council or me at any time.
Lots of things are happening in the beginning of our Fall season. As always if you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 729-0298.