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December Thoughts and Happenings

Posted By Margaret Hartwig @ Jan 14th 2016 10:22am In: Folly Beach

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2016!

Real estate has seen a good year on Folly. With sales volume up almost 10% over 2014 and inventory low, the island's values are poised to increase again. Please read my newsletter below for more real estate statistics. Of course, my featured listing and the calendar of events are included, too!

Folly Beach News:

Per Mayor Goodwin, "While 2015 was a very busy year, I expect 2016 will be equally busy. Your City Staff will continue to work on our Beach Preservation along with many new projects to enhance and maintain our quality of life at Folly."

The Planning Commission will have a public hearing on the City’s proposed Comprehensive Plan on Monday, January 4th at 7 pm in Council chambers. The plan has several controversial proposals. You can find it on the City’s webpage: It’s one of the items featured scrolling across the first page. This is a lengthy document giving direction for the island's future development with topics such as beach renourishment, mid street walkovers, parking, transportation, zoning, and the Folly Road Corridor Project.

The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is January 3, 2016. The Small Business Administration's deadline for homeowners, renters, and businesses to submit loan applications for physical damage is January 4, 2016.

The City will see some changes for 2016. Namely, the City Attorney's Ben Peeples will retire after 40 years of service and council will choose his replacement. The City has hired Ryan Hall as the full time IT Manager and Colleen Jolley as the Municipal Clerk.

Additionally, there are 3 Council seats up for reelection this year. Voting is Tuesday, April 5th. The Civic Club will hold it's "meet the candidates" forum on Tuesday March, 15. Candidate filings are being accepted now until 30 days prior to the election by the municipal clerk. Candidates mush be permanent Folly Beach residents and registered to vote. Registered voters can vote absentee as soon as the Board of Elections has final ballots. For more information, go to Charleston County Absentee Voting. If you qualify to vote absentee, you must mail in an application, and complete and mail the ballot which is sent back. Once you apply to vote absentee, you cannot vote at your polling place.

On a fun note- don't miss the 2016 Folly Beach calendar with fabulous photos and valuable coupons for local businesses. It’s $10 and available at several local shops and at City Hall.

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous 2016!

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