Alcohol ban leads to more family friendly holiday on Folly Beach

Booze ban leads to noticeable holiday change on Folly Beach

By Nikki

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Folly Beach businesses made it through the first holiday since a July 4th brawl led to a booze ban on the beach.

While some people spent the day basking in the sun, those who call "The Edge of America" home say Labor Day 2012 was noticeably different.

"It wasn't as rowdy," said Daniel Pudlowski who's lived on Folly Beach for nearly two years. "I definitely noticed a more family oriented atmosphere."

His friend, Jordan Burr of Goose Creek, echoed the changes.

"There was also no traffic at all," said Burr. "Whenever you got out to the beach, there was a lot less people, still a good crowd, but way less than what it used to be."

Despite the smaller beach crowds, Pat Tarantino with Ocean Surf Shop says business was strong during the three-day holiday weekend.

"We've had a lot of traffic here through the store. It's been really good for business," said Tarantino. "Most of the people that are coming in here and shopping are not the ones really looking to go to the beach and drink only."

Some business owners worried the alcohol ban might lead to a drop in traffic, in and out of their establishments.

"After the Fourth of July, there was a little bit of a scare with all the media attention that we were getting and things really cooled off for about a week and half or so, but it's definitely come back," said Tarantino.

For those still looking for a good, cold beverage away from the beach, many frequent the bars along Center Streetincluding The Drop In where Brandon Dyer serves as general manager.

"There still seems to be plenty of people out having a good time," said Dyer.

For general manager, Brandon Dyer, business has done well.

"It was definitely busier. There was more action going on because of the Labor Day weekend for sure," said Dyer.

Last month, city council extended the temporary ban of alcohol on the beach{}to the end of{}the year.

"I'm not quite sure what the city is going to decide yet, so we're just going with the flow," said Dyer.

With the future of the ban still up in the air, some ponder whether a permanent one will even work.

"If people want to drink, they're going to drink," said Pudlowski.

Others, like Dyer, hope for a compromise.

"We're hoping that the city can come up with some sort of middle ground," he said.