Folly a finalist for honor

Folly Beach, shown here during the Sea and Sand Festival in April of 2011, has been named a finalist in the All-America City competition to be held June 16 in Denver.

Rob Timmerman

Folly Beach has been named a finalist in the All-America City competition to be held June 16 in Denver.

The field has been whittled down to 20 entries from which 10 winners will be picked. Folly is the only municipality from South Carolina to be selected as a finalist this year.

Mount Pleasant recently received the designation, which previously was awarded to Charleston in 1978. “We’re planning on going out there and becoming an All-America City,” Mayor Tim Goodwin said.

Goodwin said the city’s entry in the contest began because of an inspirational nudge from his wife, Charlotte, after seeing an All-America City sign in Fayetteville, N.C. “What is it that makes their city so special?” she said to him.

Upon returning home, Goodwin said he asked city planner Aaron Pope to collect information on how to enter the competition.

Pope, with help from Goodwin and city staffers, completed the successful application.

Becoming an All-America City gives communities bragging rights that can help them recruit new businesses and residents, increase jobs and obtain grants for community projects.

The Folly entry focused on beach renourishment efforts, the bridge replacement project and the petition to change drinking laws.

The competition in Denver includes putting together a Folly Beach table for a Civic Action Fair on June 15, and a 20-minute presentation about Folly on June 16.

The May edition of the Sandspur, a Folly newsletter posted at the town website, says 12 South Carolina cities have achieved the award.