Officials: Folly Beach alcohol ban working

On the one-year anniversary of the decision to ban alcohol from the beach at Folly Beach, officials say fewer people are coming to the area, but those who do are better behaved.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Mayor Tim Goodwin says visitors are more polite.

Public Safety Chief Dennis Brown says eight alcohol citations were written on Folly Beach this July 4th. Two people were arrested.

Last year, about 3,000 to 4,000 college-age beachgoers from tour buses caused essentially a riot. Seven people were arrested, while four officers and a deputy were injured.

Brittany Buzzard of the Folly Beach Shrimp Co. says she believes the alcohol ban has hurt business in the city because Folly Beach is now the same as every other beach.