Folly Beach City Council will discuss banning alcohol on the beach at a work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

The conversation follows what public safety officers termed a “riot” at East 10th Street on the Fourth of July and startling revelations in this month’s community newsletter about emerging crime trends.

The island’s police chief and mayor jointly authored a memo warning residents about people doctoring drinks with date rape drugs, selling crack cocaine and hallucinogenic “bath salts” and systematically breaking into homes.

“Alcohol is at the root of many of our crimes and emergencies,” the note said. One-third of arrests on Folly Beach involve alcohol, according to city officials.

Residents who wish to address concerns can speak at the regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Read more in Sunday’s editions of The Post and Courier.

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