August 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
As the temperatures soar and the visitors continue to come, we begin to long for the early days of Fall. But let’s not let our guard down, since we still face some trying times ahead. First, we need to make certain to protect our families, ourselves, and our pets from the high heat and humidity of the days yet to come. Next, we need to dust off our hurricane plans, if you already haven’t, and get prepared in case the call comes to leave our Island to head for safer grounds.
You can find comprehensive Hurricane instructions on the back of this page, designed so you can separate that page and put it where you can easily refer to it. City Staff continue to refine the City’s disaster policies and procedures so we can protect citizens and their property in times of trouble. Not something we like to think about, but something we all must prepare for.
I want to thank Congressman Mark Sanford and the Chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Congressman Garret Graves, and their Staff members for visiting Folly last month to discuss the ever-challenging Folly erosion problem, beach nourishment, and possible long-term solutions to help us fight the erosion problem here. Congressman Graves comes from Baton Rouge Louisiana, and is well versed in erosion problems and the means to help alleviate them.
We had some very productive discussions. We all left the meeting with a sense of urgency to first gain an inshore borrow area to save the City and Federal Governments millions of dollars over the remaining life of our re-nourishment contract. Next, we all recognized the need for innovative engineering answers to the erosion problem at Folly. We all know the story of how the Charleston Jetties are our biggest problem; now is the time to move on to the next phase of how we work to create engineering answers to the problem to help save Morris Island and Folly Beach from further harm due to the Charleston Shipping Channel and its protective jetties.
As always if you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 729-0298.