FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCBD) – It was just last month that the Folly Gras Festival turned violent on Folly Beach.
The Folly Beach Public Safety Department cited 138 calls for service, 27 arrests, 34 citations, and more than 100 parking tickets.
Ultimately, the Folly Gras Festival organizers and Mayor Tim Goodwin, City of Folly Beach, decided to cancel the festival indefinitely. They say that it has outgrown Folly Beach.
A record number of 11,000 people attended the Folly Gras Festival. The mayor says that Folly Beach simply doesn’t have the law enforcement personnel to support festivals of this size.
He says that looking at the data, most attendees were from out of town.
“11,000 people attended and only 600 of the 11,000 were residents…so that’s not a good percentage that were residents that actually attended that festival,” said Mayor Goodwin.
Ultimately, Mayor Goodwin says that he thinks the consensus among City of Folly Beach council and residents is to let festivals continue.
As they look to the future, he says the planning begins now. They are discussing ways to prevent excessive drinking at festivals, bringing in law enforcement support from other departments, and make the festivals more inclusive for residents.