February 1, 2017
From the Desk of the Mayor
We have reached another month, and with it has come winter! Fortunately, winter for us seems to be mild this year, with a couple of “cold snaps” thus far. Hopefully we can get through the next couple of months on the same plane.
We have just about completed Center Street revisions, with some further landscaping and brick work to come. But with the completion of the road, curbs, and lane changes, we have already seen a safer Center Street for pedestrian traffic. I am sure this will be even more evident as the tourist season comes into full swing this year. Once again “thank you” to the Center Street Committee, and all the City Staff who have worked so hard, and answered so many questions, to help make this transformation possible.
As we move into February, your City Staff is working on many varied projects. There are the continued efforts on our upcoming beach nourishment and the need to use the Folly River as the sand source for this project. They have also been diligently working on the strategic plan for the year 2017, to give City Council an overview of departmental needs to be incorporated into the upcoming 2017/2018 budget. This budget is scheduled to be delivered to Council by May 1st, so, for the next few weeks many hours will be spent in developing this budget to give us all the services we have come to expect from our City government with the best possible use of our tax dollars.
The City Administrator and I will travel to Columbia and Washington, DC to once again work on obtaining the funding necessary for our beach nourishment project. This seems to be an all-consuming never-ending day to day challenge. But if we don’t keep talking about how Folly is unique because of the Charleston jetties, and telling our story over and over, then we could easily get lost in the many, many requests for funding that hit our State and Federal Representatives every budget cycle. We keep telling our story with this in mind.
About 18 months ago, I ran into Congressman Mark Sanford. Before I could say a word, he said, “I know you need sand!” What a great thing to hear. It means he remembers our request without a reminder. So, if you see or talk to any County, State or Federal elected official, remember to remind them of Folly’s contribution to our local, state and Federal economy; and the fact we need sand to keep contributing to this economy!
As always, if you have questions, please call 843-729-0298 or email me at email@example.com.