September 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
Seems like yesterday we were talking about the beginning of Summer; now another Labor Day is upon us, signaling the end of another Summer Season! As school begins and the football gridiron heats up, don’t forget to enjoy the great weather and new sand of a hopefully less busy beach. As turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests to begin their journey of life, so we should take time to slow down and enjoy our unique closeness to nature in the ocean, beach, creeks and river. Some days it is more difficult than others to remember that we live and raise our families in a place that others only get to visit in short spans of time, and dream of calling Folly their home.
The beach re-nourishment of the East end is going very well, with a wonderful supply of very good sand. The city Staff and I continue to push for a contract for work on the West end. We expect to hear any day that this contract has been signed and sealed. While there will not be “new” sand from East 8th to West 2nd (the area which had the least hurricane damage), the Corps and their surveys say this work will bring us into a full template of renourished beach.
While this project has seemed like a lifetime of work for some, it has been well managed by the Corps of Engineers, Marinex Construction, and our City Staff. If you have not seen this group at work, I urge you to take a few minutes to watch this “dance of the bulldozers” in progress. I have spent much of my life in the Safety and Construction project world, but these guys are professionals beyond compare. Not only do they deliver a great job, they do it with thought for how to safely allow as much beach access as possible while keeping everyone safe as they work and continue to move down the beach.
I cannot close without recognizing that Marlene Estridge, after 50 plus years of service, will begin to work part time for the City. That’s right, she will not be at the counter full time as before, but will work part time to give her some flexibility to enjoy life and still be of service to the citizens of Folly. While she may not be there at the desk in person, I’m sure she will answer questions as they arise and answer that phone to help keep us all on track. My congratulations to Marlene once again on a job well done!
Take a minute to come by City Hall and great our newest employees at the front desk; Martha Bootle, the new utility and water billing clerk, and Scott Valentine, who will be responsible for building permits and business licenses.
As always, contact me with any questions: (843) 729-0298 or email@example.com.