The Folly Beach County Park formally reopens today; a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Here’s the deal:
If you go
WHAT: Folly Beach County Park reopens to the public Wednesday.
WHEN: 9 a.m. (Daily hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m.)
WHERE: 1100 W. Ashley Ave.
ADMISSION: $8 per vehicle.
PARKING: More than 200 spots.
FACILITIES: Lifeguards, portable restrooms and outdoor shower area, with snacks and drinks for sale.
The park actually opened to visitors Monday, a “soft” opening to get the kinks out before the expected arrival of a Fourth of July crowd.
Parking will be free from 9 to 11 a.m. today only, for the grand opening.
What to hope for
Better weather. During the “soft opening,” wind kicked rain squalls in from offshore and lifeguards leaned against the gusts in the stands on the empty beach. About the same was forecast for this morning, windy with the threat of showers and thundershowers, according to the National Weather Service, Charleston.
What to expect
— A big, wide beach. The duneless restored beach is nothing but expanse.
— Relatively primitive facilities: portable restrooms, showers on an uncovered platform, two lifeguard posts, a simple snack bar.
Snack bar menu
Bottled soft drinks, snow cones, crackers, sunscreen and other sundries, and beach chair and umbrella rentals.
A loggerhead turtle crawled ashore to lay eggs at the park just as work was finishing. Folly Beach Turtle Watch volunteers moved the nest farther down the spit.
The ceremony will feature aerial photos of the park during renourishment work.