Cheap gas = crowded beachesLow gas prices (Sun News) this Memorial Day weekend should make for crowded beaches (AP) as crowds flock to the coast for the unofficial beginning of summer over the long weekend.

Folly booze ban – Live 5 News reports that Folly Beach Public Safety will amp up patrols this holiday weekend and over the summer as the town tackles its first summer since it passed the alcohol ban for the town’s beach. LaJuan Kennedy, an alcohol ban proponent, reacting to businesses who say they lost business due to the ban, challenging them to “sell more hot dogs.” Meanwhile, here are our tips for prepping for a sober summer on Folly.

Gowdy smash – Upstate U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy let loose (G’Ville) on IRS official Lois Lerner, who heads the office that oversees tax-exempt organizations, at a congressional hearing Wednesday after Lerner invoked her 5th Amendment rights (NYT) and refused to answer lawmakers’ questions, saying “You don’t get to tell your side of the story and not be subject to cross-examination.”

Boeing – At its annual investor conference this week, Boeing execs are praising its South Carolina workforce stationed in North Charleston saying, “That place is starting to really hum.”

Chas., J.I. feud – The P&C says that the City of Charleston and the Town of James Island are at odds, again” over proposed annexations by the town that the city says are questionable because none of the six properties approved by Town Council are contiguous to existing properties in the town.

526 property owners – A new report commissioned by the Coastal Conservation League looks at (P&C) what kind of effect that the pending I-526 extension project will have on adjacent Johns and James Island property values.

Charleston Harbor wine – Mira Winery, which sunk four cases of Cab Sav into the Charleston Harbor earlier this year and recovered them earlier this week, says it plans to age more wine (WaPo/AP) as an experiment later this year when its next vintage is bottled.

Sanford-Weiner 2016 – The Washington Post looks at why it’s not fair to compare the trials and tribulations of newly-announced NYC mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner to those of Rep. Mark Sanford.

Robert Ford – Legal counsel for state Sen. Robert Ford is asking for the dismissal (AP) of pending ethics charges.