Folly’s channel a headache Shifting sands torment boaters Park reopening

Captain Neal Cooksey who shrimps for Crosby Seafood still can't get in or out of the Stono River except chancing it on a very high tide. But large boats can now get to the Stono River and take the long way around Wadmalaw to get to fishing waters. (Grace Beahm/

Grace Beahm

The popular Folly Beach County Park remains on track for a mid-summer reopening, Charleston County park officials say.

Sand has been dredged from the Folly River, work on a groin — a barrier to trap sand in the surf — has started and repairs are underway on the destroyed roadway onto park grounds.

“We’re making good progress,” said Andy Hammill, Charleston County Park and Recreation assistant director.

The park, which closed in 2011 after damage from passing Hurricane Irene, is planned to reopen with limited facilities. It is one of only three sizable public beach parks in the Charleston area. Since its closing, Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island has been overrun and the Isle of Palms park has been jammed at peak weekend summer beach hours.

Bo Petersen