CCSO ramps up traffic patrol for Skinful


JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Details for this year's Skinful Halloween have been finalized and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office plans to attend in force.

The CCSO Traffic Division and the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic Unit will be out on area roadways near the annual adult-themed Halloween party.

After facing opposition from other communities including the Music Farm in downtown Charleston, Edisto and Hollywood, Skinful has finally decided to stay where it started: The Brick House on Folly Road.

To get around the town's noise ordinance, a silent disco will be begin at 11 p.m. Headsets will be provided pumping out tunes from various DJs on different channels.

According to Maj. James Brady with the CCSO, 58 citations for traffic offences, five DUI charges, one disorderly conduct arrest and five open container violations were handed out at last year's Skinful event.

After the event in 2011, a 25-year-old attendee was hit by a car on the way back to his car parked offsite. Beau Froehlich was in a coma for more than a week before he died at Medical University Hospital.

In a strange twist of fate, the man charged with hitting Froehlich, 31-year-old Mathew Reid Fisher, lost control of his bicycle and was killed on that same stretch of road in May 2012.

A year after his son's death, Beau's father Kenneth Froehlich filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Skinful LLC, claiming bartenders should not have continued to serve Fisher alcohol at the party.

Brady said the sheriff's office is urging party goers to check out Skinful's website and make use of the transportation and parking options available.

Organizers for Skinful have said shuttles, cabs and limos companies running special rates are available.

It has also been announced that, unlike previous years, onsite parking will be available.

Skinful Halloween will be held on Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. The event is hosted by Flavor Flav and will feature comedian/rapper Dirt Nasty (Simon Rex), The Dubplates and Cee Know The Doodlebug from The Digable Planets.

Some proceeds from the event will benefit the Tanzania Education Foundation and Keepers of the Wild.