Folly Beach planning commission: Inaccessible pathways are a safety issue

Folly Beach planning commission: inaccessible pathways a safety issue

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Folly Beach's planning commission presented a proposal to the city council Tuesday to restore 70 percent of the city's 101 pathways or "rights-of-way" that connect one side of Folly Island to the other.

According to the commission, many of the pathways are inaccessible because of overgrowth. Others have been fenced off, and some are being personally used by property owners.

They say 34 of the pathways are in wonderful condition and easy to maneuver. However, there are quite a few that haven't been maintained for years. The planning commission says restoring these paths will enhance safety and add even more beauty to the city.

"For those people who have children, walking with carriages, riding bikes, a lot of the streets now, the cross streets are packed with cars, and it's dangerous," explains Carl Hally, chairman of the planning commission.  "It's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt on this beach."

"The problem is that we've got these public "rights-of-way," which the public is not able to take advantage of for their walking pleasure and for accessing the beach," says Sam Robinson, a planning commission member.

The projected cost for the first year is $12,000. The planning commission says the project will take 12 to 18 months. The commission expects city council to vote on the proposal in the next couple of months.