As the weather warms up and people start heading to the beaches, one thing they won’t be allowed to do any longer in Folly Beach is smoke. On Tuesday night, the city council passed a beach smoking ban by a 4-3 vote, prohibiting smoking both on the beach and at beach access points.
Violators will face a $25 fine for smoking, carrying or holding a smoking product, which includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and electronic smoking devices. Repeat offenses will see the fines increase to $50 and $100 for second and third violations, respectively.
The ordinance was driven by a desire to reduce litter and pollution in what it considered the city’s main area of economic activity.
Folly Beach is located just south of Charleston and is home to approximately 2,700 residents.