Your July 10 editorial “Folly’s sobering dilemma” asks: “After all, why should the many people who conduct themselves in a civilized manner while drinking a beer or two at the seashore be deprived of that traditional pleasure due to the misconduct of a drunken few?”
That’s a valid question, and here is a response: Despite the prevalent cultural myth of individualism, we do not live only unto ourselves. No, it’s not “fair” that my right to drink is curtailed by the destructive behavior of someone else, but isn’t there a much larger issue at stake than that?
If by relinquishing that right, I can help prevent intimidation of innocent people — property owners, families who will otherwise be frightened away from this beach, children who may be exposed to crude and repulsive behavior, is it not deeply worth it?
What caring, thoughtful adult has not foregone something legitimate that she or he enjoys for the sake of someone else?
Folly Beach-goers are not being asked to serve prison sentences, only to refrain from one or two beers on a beach.
It’s about freedom
One of the reasons I moved here from New Jersey five years ago was because it was legal to set off fireworks. Not that I ever purchase or set off fireworks. I just liked the idea that I could. South Carolina seemed to have a more hands-off policy when it came to telling people what they can and cannot do.
Now we have Folly Beach and a government’s typical knee-jerk legislative reaction to a problem — any problem. Let’s pass a law.
They barely gave themselves 48 hours to consider alternatives.
And I have no vested interest, because I don’t drink on the beach. I’m just so bone-tired of the government telling us what we can do.
I live in a West Ashley neighborhood that, thank goodness, has no homeowners Association. My neighbors don’t always cut their grass in a timely manner and they park their boats on the front lawn. For me, the freedom to do as you choose is worth the occasional pain.
I think I have to move to Montana.
Local flavor lost
The July 12 edition of The Post and Courier carried a front-page story about the recent emergency ordinance banning on-beach alcoholic beverages at Folly Beach.
Within the story, with an associated picture, are the comments of two women, identified as sisters visiting the beach from their Ohio home, who chose to visit Folly specifically because of the non-existence of such a ban prior to Tuesday evening’s vote of the City Council.
Thus, we see that it is not just “20-something day-trippers” who will be looking for other beaches to visit because inebriation has lost some of its luster at Folly.
Imagine the impact of doing without the gentle social graces and pleasant demeanor of all these visitors who swell the population of our beach, our town, and our bars by 10- to 30-fold and more. What can we do to re-establish our hard-earned reputation?
I’m at a complete loss. I’m in such a deep blue funk that I think I’ll head to the beach at 10th Street East and dance a little jig of despair.
W. Hudson Avenue