After bouncing around from venue to venue, the Skinful event has officially received the OK to hold its annual Halloween event this year at Brick House on James Island.
A temporary special event permit was issued for the party, that is taking place this Saturday, according to Charleston County officials. The event’s organizers announced the Folly Road venue last week, but had not yet applied for the permit.
Skinful organizers had originally decided to move the event from Brick House, where it’s been held for the last few years, because of the passage of an ordinance in the area curtailing noise after 11 p.m.
So they arranged to hold the party at a 70-acre farm in rural Meggett, complete with on-site parking and camping. Organizers said they obtained a business license from the town, booked talent such as hip-hop artist Flavor Flav and began promoting the event. A week later, the town informed them a zoning change was needed — a process that would take at least six weeks, according to the Facebook post.
Then, Skinful planners had set their sights on salvaging the massive party by squeezing it into Music Farm. But less than a day after those plans were announced, city of Charleston officials said they were told by the Ann Street club that no such event was scheduled.
Organizers had to adjust the plans for Skinful when moving it back to Brick House, according to its organizers. The amount of guests will be limited and the party will be contained inside the fenced area, according to the event planners.
The bash will also get started earlier than usual. The music will start being played at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Organizers said they would abide by the 11 p.m. noise ordinance by holding a ‘silent disco’ between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., in which partygoers wear wireless headphones that broadcast the music played by the DJ’s.
The amplified music will be turned off at 11 p.m., in accordance with the noise ordinance.
Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies will also be in the area conducting traffic and DUI enforcement.
Deputies will be out from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m., according to officials. Similar enforcement last year resulted in 58 traffic citations, five DUI charges, one disorderly conduct arrest and five alcohol-related charges, like open container, according to sheriff’s officials.
Law enforcement presence will also include off-duty deputies working the parking lot and areas surrounding Brick House.
Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.
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