[image-1] There were so many idiot assholes running wild on Folly Beach over the weekend that a city business group has decided to just cancel its annual Folly Gras festival.
This past weekend’s Charleston County jail records may as well be sponsored by the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety. A quick search of the bookings over the weekend shows that one of the area’s smallest police agencies turned in quite a few public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest charges.
In one dramatic dispute caught on camera during the Saturday block party, a man who appears to be a bouncer is on the ground restraining another man when he is apparently kicked by a woman while a crowd watches on Center Street on Folly.
The video was posted on Facebook by Old Row, a Barstool Sports spinoff geared toward even creepier cavemen than the original T&A college website for the boys. By Monday at 11:15 a.m., the video had amassed more than 727,000 views.
Asked about the the video, Folly Beach Public Safety spokesperson Karen Mumford says the department is “actively investigating” the incident, adding that “there are warrants on file.” A report will be made public once the investigation is concluded, Mumford says.
By Saturday night, Folly Mayor Tim Goodwin told Live 5 News that he already had people telling him it was time to shut down, “I’ve had people call email text saying this is crazy enough is enough.”
The Folly Association of Business, which hosts Folly Gras, said Saturday’s event saw a record crowd, but issued a statement today discussing its decision to dissolve the festival.
“We want to thank all of the people who came out to Folly Gras to have fun and we apologize for those few people who don’t respect our community and have to ruin everyone else’s good time,” says Steve Carroll, the group’s president. “Honestly, we feel that Folly Gras has essentially outgrown its venue; the venue being our quaint little beach town. At this point, it is not what we need for the city, the businesses or the community so we’re going to put it to rest.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that drunken idiots have ruined something fun for the rest of us on Folly Beach. Back in 2012, a melee transpired on the beach that saw police officers being struck by a bunch of party hard dudebros over Fourth of July weekend. After that incident, the city formally banned public drinking on the beach, one of the last local public beaches to do so.
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