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When you look at overall full-time population numbers for Folly Beach since 2010, you get a troubling look at the number of people calling Folly Beach their full-time home. The February vote that put in place the cap of 800 STR licenses on the island was and important step toward protecting the fabric of the Folly Beach community.

We all say “Keep Folly Folly”. But what is Folly? It’s the people. It’s the folks who are committed to making Folly better by supporting the Civic Club, the Exchange Club, Folly’s Angels, our churches, the Turtle Watch Program, the Garden Club, The Folly Beach Senior Club and WARRIOR SURF. These people and organizations are what make our community what it is.

The rules and STR limits defined by the ordinance passed in February are in place because the community wishes to protect the balance of full time residents and short term rentals. For the most part, communities like Folly Beach, acknowledge that STR’s are now a part of the housing situation. The ordinance poses no threat to eliminate STR’s. The rules in place simply insure that a viable long-term community continues to thrive.

An island full of short-term rentals is not a community, it is a resort.

What was the peak population of Folly Beach?

The peak population of Folly Beach was in 2010, when its population was 2,617. Based on the latest 2022 data from the US census, the current population of Folly Beach is 2,056.

Folly Beach’s population is currently 21.4% smaller than it was in 2010 and 6.0% smaller since the year 2000.

In fact, Folly Beach’s growth is below average. 63% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000. If the STR market is not capped, we can easily expect Folly’s full-time population to decrease further.

As I stated previously, the Folly Beach STR Cap is about preserving the Folly we all love.
Do we remain a community or do we become a resort?

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