Friday, March 28, 2014
A maintenance project is underway at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Pier that will help increase the life of the landmark pier. As a result of continued maintenance, the project will suspend the summer's “Moonlight Mixer” events.
The repairs require portions of the nearly 19-year-old pier, including its diamond head, to be occasionally sectioned off until the project's completion. Most of the main walkway of the Folly Beach Fishing Pier will remain open and operational for normal public use, including fishing and walking. Regular operations and fishing tournaments will continue as scheduled for 2014. However, until the project is complete, the pier's Moonlight Mixers dance series, which takes place exclusively on the diamond head of the pier, will be suspended.
The project is an expected, ongoing maintenance effort to keep the pier in first-class condition for many years. The first phase of the project, which began this past winter, is complete. That phase included replacing 750 bolts and 10 timber cross braces. The second phase of the project, which will be underway this spring and summer, includes assessing, repairing and encapsulating pilings on the 1,045-foot-long pier. The current expected date of completion on the project is not known at this time, but is estimated for fall 2014.
The pier is open for normal daily operations as scheduled, from 7 a.m.–sunset in March, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. in April, and 6 a.m.–11 p.m. May through September.
The pier's Moonlight Mixers have been suspended, but in their place, former mixer attendees are invited to go to a similar dance series hosted at the Mount Pleasant Pier. “Shaggin' on the Cooper,” which features live music at the foot of the pier in Mount Pleasant, is a popular alternative to the Moonlight Mixer series. And, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is excited to introduce a new 21-and-older event series this summer called “Thursday Night Boogie” at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Like the Mixers, Thursday Night Boogie will feature music from DJ Jim Bowers, shag dancing, and beverages and food for sale. The Mount Pleasant Pier is located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge, adjacent to the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. For more information, visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.