Thanks for your continued interest and for taking a few minutes to keep updated on the Charleston/Folly Beach real estate market.
It's been a great first 6 months of the year for the Folly Beach real estate market. I have personally seen the market's improvement over last year's numbers even with our lack of inventory. Check out 'June, In Review' in my newsletter to find out more.
Annual Beach Inspection
The annual beach profile and physical inspection surveys of Folly Beach were conducted in June. These surveys occur every year to document the condition of the beach prior to hurricane season. If Folly were to be impacted by an extreme storm that caused significant beach erosion, these surveys would help the City and Corps apply for emergency funding to repair damages. Overall, the beach is in excellent condition. Due to calm summertime sea conditions, sediment is being transported back onshore resulting in over 100-ft wide sections of beach along most of the island. As sand bars move onshore and attach to the beach, they result in runnels or “pools” at low tide – the kiddos love them! In addition, the newly installed dune vegetation and fencing is trapping wind-blown sand, helping to build elevation. In general, Folly Beach can easily accommodate summer crowds and is ready for hurricane season.
Nicole Elko, Ph.D.
Folly Beach, Coastal Consultant
City of Folly Beach Emergency Notification System
The City of Folly Beach has contracted with ECN Code Red to provide a community Alerting System, also known as Outbound 9-1-1. This is an automated system that calls homes & businesses to notify them about serious emergencies. The system will also direct you to take specific actions during an emergency. Additionally, it will be used to notify you of other important info, water main breaks,power outages, etc. I thought some of you might like to look into this. You may sign up here: ECN Code Red Sign Up or gather more info from The City's website: City of Folly Beach Emergency Notification System.
New Center Street Design
The City is giving Center Street a facelift! Stantec Engineering and Consulting firm completed the Concept Plan, which was given preliminary approval by SCDOT. Stantec has now been awarded the contract to proceed with the engineering phase to study the lane change in more depth and submit final plans and permits to SCDOT. Once the engineering is complete, the City will go back out for bid for Phase 3, construction. Contractors will repave and restripe Center Street hopefully beginning in the late fall. To see the full set of recommendations from the Center Street Task Force, check out these Power Point slides: Center Street Task Force Recommendations.
Center Street Brick Fundraiser
Want to leave your mark on Folly and help raise money for Center Street at the same time? Consider buying engraved bricks to honor your family and friends. The bricks will be laid in the newly-landscaped median between Ashley and Arctic and then along Center Street from City Hall to the Community Center. Bricks come in two sizes: 4×8 ($75) and 8×8 ($150). For more information and to purchase your brick, please visit the online purchase page: www.bricksrus.com/order/follybeachcenterstreet
I hope you enjoy this month’s Folly Beach Living Newsletter and as always, I love to hear your comments.