Folly Beach City Council could study the idea of parking garages, or additional lots

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) — Folly Beach is getting geared up for the summer. As more and more people head to the Lowcountry, more problems, like parking issues, happen.

Long time resident Pam Pattillo says she loves the warm weather and the tourists coming soon who help local business. “Just be real nice. All this wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the tourists. these businesses make it barely make it through the winter.”

With increasing cars each year on the small island, Mayor Tim Goodwin says council is considering a traffic and parking study. “You see more and more cars parked and so our residents read about what’s happening on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island and they say, well why can’t we do that here?”

What types of ideas could a study suggest?? “It could be residential parking passes, it could be overlays for a parking garage or a parking lot and things like that.”

If council decides to do a study, it would likely take place next year or later.

Goodwin said, “As the area grows, we get more more visitors to the beach.”

To prevent getting a ticket, know the rules. “If you’re going to park on the side streets or back roads, make sure your car is all the way off the road from us that we stress that because our streets are small… make sure that you don’t park in front of a fire hydrant. It’s amazing how many people don’t pay attention to that.”

Pam says just enjoy their island like she does. “It’s paradise. I wish I had a bigger house, but I live in paradise. Where else would I want to go?”

Find more information about Folly Beach on the city’s website, http://www.CityofFollyBeach.com.

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