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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That’s why our mattress store in Folly Beach, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Folly Beach residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable – both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won’t ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Folly Beach, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there’s no question we haven’t heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Folly Beach, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There’s a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry – because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We’ve got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Folly Beach, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don’t forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We’ll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren’t enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Folly Beach, SC?

Our business model is simple – give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren’t made of money. You need a solution that isn’t going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

When we say we have a bed for every budget, we’re serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

Sets Prize
Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $99
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $139
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $149
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $299

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor’s price on similar product specs – guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Folly Beach with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone’s Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
  • *See Store for Additional Details
Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Folly Beach.

Sleep King Tempurpedic Mattresses

Sleep King Tempurpedic Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets Tempurpedic mattresses apart from others. Our customers love Tempurpedic mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at Tempurpedic are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

Sleep King Serta iComfort Mattresses

Sleep King Serta iComfort Mattresses

Serta iComfort: Serta’s iComfort line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

Sleep King Simmons Beautysleep Mattresses

Sleep King Simmons Beautysleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Simmons Beautysleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night’s sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom – our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

Sleep King Bed Boss Mattresses

Sleep King Bed Boss Mattresses

The Bed Boss brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you’ll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Folly Beach.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There’s much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There’s plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Folly Beach, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it’s important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here’s a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Folly Beach and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you’re comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed – enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back – innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend’s and family’s opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won’t necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here’s a quick overview

Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night’s sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it’s crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

Your Premier Furniture Store
Folly Beach, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Folly Beach, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you’re shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:

Living Room Sets – from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites – our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds – from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons – if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds – bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Folly Beach, don’t worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Folly Beach, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won’t ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Latest News in Folly Beach

Folly Beach businesses ‘excited’ for flip flop drop’s in person return

FOLLY BEACH (WCSC) – Business owners on Folly Beach say they are excited to welcome back a New Year’s tradition for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The city’s flip flop drop will be held on New Year’s Eve along Center Street.“We’re very excited to have that happen again,” Rita’s Seaside Grill Manager Tayler McBarron said.Charlotte Goodwin, the brainchild of the event and the mayor’s wife, said the event has helped make Dec. 31 the busiest night the lo...

FOLLY BEACH (WCSC) – Business owners on Folly Beach say they are excited to welcome back a New Year’s tradition for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The city’s flip flop drop will be held on New Year’s Eve along Center Street.

“We’re very excited to have that happen again,” Rita’s Seaside Grill Manager Tayler McBarron said.

Charlotte Goodwin, the brainchild of the event and the mayor’s wife, said the event has helped make Dec. 31 the busiest night the local businesses will have throughout the year.

McBarron said she expects to have at least 100 more customers for this year compared to 2020, when the event was held virtually.

“All the bars had to be shut down and all alcohol off the tables by 11 o’clock,” McBarron said. “So we couldn’t even celebrate New Year’s at our restaurant with people in it.”

Folly Beach Council Member DJ Rich owns Planet Follywood, a local dive bar off Center Street.

He said the flip flop drop helps bring in people across the Lowcountry to Folly Beach.

“Events like this are always better when they’re in person,” Rich said. “You know, you just get more of a feel. You’re more in the spirit, things of that sort. You just have a lot more fun when it’s in person.”

Goodwin, meanwhile, added that this year’s drop will be the 11th time it’s held.

“People are excited. We’ve had people walking by, and they’re just looking, saying, ‘Oh, they’re excited,’ and we’re going to be here to see them.”

Although the pandemic has taken its toll on the Lowcountry, business owners said they are excited to have a holiday tradition come back.

“It’s one of our favorite events of the year, and because it’s in the offseason, and it’s just something that’s very unique, very community oriented,” Rich said. “You’ll see people from the community of all ages come out.”

Organizers will be closing Center Street at around 10 p.m. to prepare to welcome the new year.

Copyright 2021 WCSC. All rights reserved.

My Charleston Weekend: There’s music, food and birding in store this weekend

Who said fun is for the birds? Sometimes, it involves birds. Check out the bird walk on Folly Island. There’s also a look at history at the Charleston Museum, some music that’s not for the birds but for fish, a performance by Michael Bolton and a parade on Monday’s holiday.In other words, plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend.Lighthouse Inlet bird walkWhat: Participate in a bird walk that will focus on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast...

Who said fun is for the birds? Sometimes, it involves birds. Check out the bird walk on Folly Island. There’s also a look at history at the Charleston Museum, some music that’s not for the birds but for fish, a performance by Michael Bolton and a parade on Monday’s holiday.

In other words, plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend.

Lighthouse Inlet bird walk

What: Participate in a bird walk that will focus on the incredibly diverse northeast end of Folly Island. Once the home of a Coast Guard station, this Heritage Preserve protects maritime forest, beach, dunes and marsh habitats for wildlife. This site boasts one of the largest bird lists in South Carolina.

When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14

Where: Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve, 1750 E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach

Price: $9

More Info: 843-795-4386, bit.ly/3znJ50t

Conversations with a Curator: Early Days Gallery

What: Celebrate the Charleston Museum’s 249th birthday with a tour of the museum’s earliest collections.

The Early Days gallery reflects the Museum’s long history from its founding in 1773 to the late 20th century. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden in the Early Days gallery for the story of the museum’s institutional history and a closer look at some of its earliest antiquities.

When: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14

Where: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston

Price: Free with admission

Taste of Folly

What: Celebrate Folly Beach’s eclectic beachside cuisine this weekend. The annual event will feature a cocktail competition on Jan. 14 at the Tides and a family-friendly Center Street festival on Jan. 15 with live music, hot-dog-eating and oyster shucking contests, cooking demonstrations and more.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 14 & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15

Where: Various venues, Folly Beach

Price: $5-$24

More Info: visitfolly.com/taste-of-folly

Off-Road Duathlon

What: Traverse scenic trails at Laurel Hill County Park in the Off-Road Duathlon. This beginner-friendly course consists of a 2-mile run, a 7-mile bike, then another 2-mile run.

When: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15

Where: Laurel Hill County Park, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $55

Saltwater Sounds

What: The Charleston Symphony joins the South Carolina Aquarium to present Saltwater Sounds, an engaging and educational musical performance for young people. Enjoy the beautiful oceanic sights and the sounds of great music in front of the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Great Ocean Tank.

When: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Jan. 15

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

Price: Free with admission

More Info: bit.ly/3zkTCK0

What: The Mex 1 team will fill the front parking lot with 40,000 pounds of snow for regional and national amateur snowboarders to showcase their best tricks and skills. There will be fun for everyone with live music from the Strawberry Squad, visual effects from Lazer Catcher and multiple outdoor bars and vendors.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 15

Where: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina West Ashley, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston

Price: $15-$20, Free for ages 12 & under

More Info: bit.ly/3FTJH0o

‘Steel Magnolias’

What: Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., is where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and revealing verbal collisions, this play is a touching look at a cast of marvelously amiable characters.

When: 3 p.m. Jan. 16

Where: James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville

Price: $25, $20 military/senior/student

More Info: 843-875-9251, bit.ly/3ivaJS3

Michael Bolton in concert

What: Join Michael Bolton for an evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards and even classical.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston

Price: $46-$120

More Info: 843-242-3099, info@gaillardcenter.org

Karaoke Sunday

What: Sing your heart out at the Tin Roof karaoke night every Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843-571-0775, charlestontinroof.com

What: Watch Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on WCBD, Channel 2. Because of COVID-19′s rapid spread, the event will be virtual.

The parade route, filmed in December, will start at the Citadel and travel around Hampton Park.

When: Noon Jan. 17

Where: Televised on WCBD, Channel 2, Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843-722-1644, ywcagc.org/mlk-celebration

10 Reasons To Visit Charleston, South Carolina This Winter

Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during Januar...

Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.

Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.

Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during January, February, and March. Still, temperatures hovering around 50-60? make it comfortable enough to spend time outdoors without bundling up in warm winter jackets and gloves. In late December or early January, the slight chance of passing snow flurries might even add a bit of pixie dust to the beauty of the city.

Most attractions and historic sites are open year-round, complemented by unique seasonal festivals and events that woo winter tourists.

A Sampler of Things to Do in Charleston This Winter

Where to stay in Charleston

The city offers a range of accommodations from classic to contemporary at various price points. Many are described on the Explore Charleston website, but here are a few worth checking out:

Emeline, located in Charleston’s historic district, is a captivating perch from which to explore the Holy City. The boutique hotel has 212 all-king bed guest rooms, including 128 luxury suites. In addition, the hotel is home to Frannie & The Fox (a wood-fired eatery with Italian sensibilities), Clerks Coffee Company (a more informal cafe and eatery with a hint of nostalgia), and Keep Shop (an exceptionally well-curated gift shop).

Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel is another luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Club Level accommodations, a two-floor collection of renovated rooms and suites, offer private elevator access and check-in. Custom wallpaper in the elevator lobby depicts a circa-1820s map of Charleston, an homage to the city’s history. A concierge can help guests coordinate private tours of nearby plantations and gardens.

The Spectator Hotel on State Street offers an Art Deco-inspired interior reminiscent of the glamor of the 1920s. The boutique hotel is the only one in Charleston with personal butler service, available 24/7, who can coordinate anything from delivering freshly baked gingerbread cookies to setting up in-room eggnogs. Be sure to stop at the Prohibition-era-themed cocktail lounge, The Bar.

Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort is the property’s new 153-room hotel. Award-winning amenities available at the resort year-round include championship golf, nationally ranked tennis, an expansive private beach, a 10,000 square-foot luxury spa, and a 2,750 square foot fitness center.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 255 guest rooms, many with magnificent ocean views. Especially appreciated by golf lovers, the resort is located on a barrier island about twenty miles from downtown. The gracious 255-room hotel is South Carolina’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel.

Sweetgrass Properties is a boutique vacation rental company on Kiawah Island offering a searchable database of luxury rental properties on Seabrook Island, Wild Dunes, and Isle of Palms.

IF YOU GO

Explore Charleston, the convention and visitors bureau website, is an excellent resource for visitors.

The Charleston Heritage Foundation’s Essential Charleston Passport is available for purchase online. It offers guests a digital ticket that includes admission to five remarkable historic houses, the Charleston Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Direct flights to Charleston are available from Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Boston, New York City, Denver, and several other major cities.

S.C. DNR: Sea turtle nest disturbance will result in fines and community service

For Bluffton TodayThree people are facing fines and restitution in the form of community service work with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle program after they filmed themselves digging up a loggerhead nest on Folly Beach last summer.The incident occurred during the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season in July.In early September, DNR officers in Charleston County were provided with a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging ...

For Bluffton Today

Three people are facing fines and restitution in the form of community service work with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle program after they filmed themselves digging up a loggerhead nest on Folly Beach last summer.

The incident occurred during the peak of South Carolina’s sea turtle nesting season in July.

In early September, DNR officers in Charleston County were provided with a copy of a Snapchat video that appeared to show two young men digging up a sea turtle nest marked with the highly visible orange tape and signage used by members of DNR’s Marine Turtle Conservation program staff and volunteers.

Marine biologists with DNR’s Marine Resources Division oversee a well-established network of volunteer groups up and down the coast whose members spend countless hours each summer during nesting season walking the beach to identify and protect the vulnerable nests.

The video sent to DNR showed a nesting site marked with an orange DNR sign and two individuals digging up — and later attempting to replace — the eggs from the nest. One egg was smashed on the ground during the video, which was being filmed by a third individual.

Officer Freddie Earhart led the investigation into the source of the video. Earhart was able to identify and locate the three individuals involved. On Sept. 5, Earhart and officer Courtney Angotti-Smith made contact with the individuals, who were all under 21 and were vacationing with family at the time.

A meeting was set up with all three suspects and their parents, at which time the young men made voluntary statements confirming their involvement and that they were aware such actions were against the law.

The suspects admitted that some of the eggs were damaged and they tried to rebury the eggs, which resulted in additional damage. Marine Turtle Conservation program coordinator Michelle Pate, using data collected by the Folly Beach turtle watch team, was able to confirm that out of 90 eggs remaining in the nest, 71 did not hatch.

While they could have been charged for each egg disturbed, based on the cooperation of the suspects, five summons for unlawful taking of loggerhead turtle eggs were issued to the three suspects (two each for the individuals who dug up the eggs and one for the individual who filmed them). These charges can carry jail or fines of up to $2,000, as well as restitution.

DNR will recommend that all of the individuals be required to dedicate community service time to working with DNR’s Marine Turtle Conservation program so they can learn first-hand about how much work goes into protecting sea turtles in South Carolina.

DNR’s sea turtle program began in 1977 with beach management research and in-water tracking of post-nesting loggerheads. The program further developed in the early 1980s with the formation of the nest protection and stranding volunteer networks along the coast of South Carolina. Today, the program provides training and support to more than 1,300 volunteers across the coast who protect nests and document sea turtles that wash ashore.

“Educating residents and visitors about how they can provide a positive outcome for sea turtles on our beaches is a never-ending endeavor,” Pate said. “Volunteers involved with conservation work in South Carolina have contributed countless hours to this task.

“Our volunteers engage with the coastal community daily during the season to share their excitement about the natural world and our impact sharing the beach with wildlife that need these beaches to survive. Education provides a pathway to inform and foster stewardship, and combined with boots-on-the-ground work, ensures the continued protection and successful recovery of sea turtle populations.”

Those decades of research and hard work supported by Turtle Network volunteers in South Carolina’s coastal communities have paid off. Recent years have seen turtle nest numbers rebounding, though much remains to be done. It was a successful nesting year for South Carolina’s sea turtle population, with 5,649 nests laid in 2021.

Because nesting exacts a high energy toll on the large reptiles, female sea turtles do not come ashore to lay eggs every year. This pattern results in nesting fluctuations from year to year; 2019 broke all records with 8,795 nests, but 2018 saw just 2,767 nests. Overall, sea turtle nest numbers across the Southeast have trended up over the past decade, making biologists across the region optimistic that these threatened reptiles are beginning to recover after several decades of conservation efforts.

“I applaud the work of our officers in conducting this investigation in a thorough and prompt way,” said Col. Chisolm Frampton, deputy director for DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. “Hopefully, giving these individuals a chance to make amends by working with the dedicated staff and volunteers who work with our turtle protection program as a part of the Community Service component of their punishment will make a lasting impression on them about the importance of this work and why all of us, as South Carolinians, need to support it.”

Folly Beach city leaders discussing safety changes along Arctic Avenue

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – Folly Beach city leaders are discussing how to make a busy street safer for people walking biking or driving close to the beach and now, they are looking to hire traffic engineers to help implement these changes.Arctic Avenue runs 15 blocks parallel to the water and has restaurants, homes, parking lots and the Folly Beach Pier itself. Local residents say these changes are needed quickly as the area keeps growing.“This is where accidents are happening and we need to put some type of stop,&r...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – Folly Beach city leaders are discussing how to make a busy street safer for people walking biking or driving close to the beach and now, they are looking to hire traffic engineers to help implement these changes.

Arctic Avenue runs 15 blocks parallel to the water and has restaurants, homes, parking lots and the Folly Beach Pier itself. Local residents say these changes are needed quickly as the area keeps growing.

“This is where accidents are happening and we need to put some type of stop,” says Gregory Bunn, who works at Rita’s on Folly Beach.

Bunn has lived in the area for almost 8 years and he says the busy summer months brings heavy car and foot traffic, especially the first five blocks of the road.

“I’ve seen plenty of people almost get hit. I’ve had friends definitely get hit, not seriously injured but enough to merit it as an issue,” says Bunn.

The City of Folly Beach is seeking help from traffic engineers across the Lowcountry to work on how well traffic and safety conditions move down Arctic Avenue. Aaron Pope, the city’s administrator says they want pedestrian, car and foot traffic looked at between January and April, as well as during the busy summer season.

“Do we need to increase parking spaces, sidewalks, or change it to one lane?” Pope says.

Bunn says he thinks crosswalks to signal drivers of when people are crossing the streets would be the most effective for the area.

“From personal experience, I have been stuck in-between the two lanes with a car that see’s the lights or just doesn’t care about them,” says Bunn.

Bunn says as the Charleston area grows, city leaders should keep accommodating with the change to keep Folly Beach at its safest.

“There’s going to be more and more people here every year, and its been that way since I was a kid. You can’t have it be one permanent static thing, it will have to change each coming year,” Bunn says.

Folly Beach City Council hopes to have the traffic engineers report completed by the end of the 2022 summer season.

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