Sullivan's Island forgoes annual St. Patrick's Day block party

Sullivan's Island forgoes annual St. Patrick's Day block party

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Sullivan's Island won't be seeing much green this weekend. After complaints from neighbors and safety concerns, the town has done away with their annual St. Patrick's Day block party.

"We're getting some phone calls from people saying 'Hey are you still doing Saturday?'," said Jamie Maher, Operating Partner at Dunleavy's Pub.

Each year, Dunleavy's Pub, on Sullivan's Island, takes part in the massive weekend block party for St. Patrick's Day. But, this year, the Irish bar isn't feeling as lucky.

"Middle Street was closed, as well as the side street, and I don't have either of those for this Saturday," said Maher. "So, that is going to effect business."

Sullivan's Island Town Council voted against hosting the Saturday event, according to Andy Benke, the town administrator.

Benke said it will be "business as usual" this weekend, with no street closures or alcohol allowed outside of the businesses patios.

"It makes me feel sort of sad," said Anne Reid, island visitor.

This decision comes after last year's event. Thousand of party-goers flocked to the island for day full of festivities.

"It's the biggest one I've ever seen," said Maher.

One Sullivan's Island visitor said the block party seemed to get bigger every year and is enjoyable, but did cause bad traffic issues.

Many Sullivan's Island neighbors weren't happy with the noise during last year's event.

"When there's a lot of commotion going on where you live and you just want some piece and quiet, yeah I get that," said Reid.

Benke said there were also safety concerns. The large crowd made it hard for emergency crews to navigate around the island.

"It just gets a little bit crazy," said Eric Dodson, who works on Sullivan's Island.

Dodson, and many others, expressed hope that the block party can come back, at least in some form.

"I think it would be great if we could find some sort of a compromise," said Dodson.

Dunleavy's will still be celebrating St. Patrick's day Saturday, but within their businesses premises.

Benke said there will be an extra police presence in case things get rowdy.

Sullivan's Island is hosting a family friendly St. Patrick's day event in the Stith Park from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.

On the actual holiday, on Tuesday, Dunleavy's has gotten approval to close down Station 22 and 1/2 for a block party, on a smaller scale. Their party will include food specials, beer and live Irish music.

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