Polar Bear Plunge to continue despite concerns

Polar Bear Plunge to continue despite concerns

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge on Sullivan's Island is on, despite growing concerns of possible alcohol abuse at event.

According to Sullivan's Island Town Council, the past two St. Patrick's Day celebrations were overcrowded with people who had too much to drink, resulting in some worrying that that party atmosphere could spill over to the Plunge.

A New Year's Day tradition on Sullivan's Island, the Polar Bear Plunge challenges people to take a freezing dip into the Atlantic Ocean. Proceeds from the event benefit the SC Special Olympics.

Council decided not to close one block of Middle Street like they did in previous years, but instead put up barriers to keep people safe. Police will be stationed at crosswalks.

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