FOLLY BEACH -- Two upcoming events at Folly Beach Fishing Pier have been canceled by officials concerned that the pier may have been damaged by Hurricane Irene.
The Moonlight Mixers planned for Friday and Oct. 7 have been canceled "for precautionary measures," said Sarah Reynolds, spokeswoman for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
The pier itself remains open to the public for visits and fishing.
"We are evaluating any possible damage to the pier that may have occurred because of Hurricane Irene," Reynolds said Monday, emphasizing "may."
Reynolds said she knew of no specific reports of pier damages, but said PRC staff examined the pier and decided to bring in expert structural engineers to take a look at it. PRC has chosen a team to conduct the inspection and is hoping it takes place soon, she said.
Events such as the Moonlight Mixers, in which hundreds of people dance at one time, have been know to make the end of the 1,200-foot wooden pier sway.
Earlier this month, PRC announced the Folly Beach County Park, at the island's south end, will be closed until at least early 2012 because of erosion and damages to buildings caused when Irene passed by offshore.