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Flip Flop Drop continues on page 4
A team climbed the water tower this week to pressure wash the tank and
repaint the FB logo and blue exterior. From their perch on a particularly windy
day (last Friday), the workers were afforded the unique perspective the iconic
tower provides of our island.
n the end, 2012 began on Folly Beach
with a happy celebration. Dropping
a giant pair of fip-fops as the clock
struck midnight seemed right in line with
our island’s laid back reputation. But
unbeknownst to many of the revelers on
Center Street, working out the logistics of
where the fops would be dropped proved
When Charlotte Goodwin and Ken
Hickman came before City Council
on November 15 to request a variance
allowing open containers outside for
the midnight ‘Flip Flop Drop,’ everyone
seemed on board. Teir plan was to drop
them from the 9th foor of Te Tides
hotel, and Goodwin assured Council that
she’d spoken with the hotel and gained
their approval.
Weeks before New Years Eve, however,
the plans were altered to drop the fops
from the ladder of a fre truck, rather than
the hotel. Te Tides claims it never agreed
to host the event in the frst place.
“I personally believe it is unfair that
some people in the community believe
that Te Tides reneged on the Flip Flop
Drop,” says Jonathan Weitz, President
of Avocet Properties, which owns
and manages the hotel. “While it was
discussed conceptually, Ken (Merkel
– General Manager of the hotel) had
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All council members were present.
Mayor Goodwin and Ofce J. Couche
introduced Folly Beach’s new Sergeant,
Kevin Barckle, from Pennsylvania. “He
has lots of experience, including fre-
fghting certifcation,” remarked Couche.
Barkle said, “I just turned 44 in August
and I wanted to use the extensive training
I have and not work at a supermarket. I
really love the area. It’s a perfect ft so here
I am. I’m so happy to be on Folly Beach.”
Couche said citizens could meet the new
Sergeant at Taste of Folly next week.
Next, Kevin Whitsitt was introduced
as the new director of Utilities and
Public Works for Folly Beach, starting in
February of 2012.
Mike Richards was presented with an
award for giving his time in public service
as planning commissioner member.
Carol Linfeld thanked Council for their
support of Pet Helpers in the past year,
and commended the city on the NYE Flip
Flop Drop.
Representative Peter McCoy from
James Island said, “I am honored to be
your representative for Folly Beach and
I would like to reiterate that my door is
open. I grew up coming to this beach. It’s
dear to my heart. One of my priorities this
year is to work with the state and feds for
the funding for the sand for our beach.”
Ordinance 32-11 – Raises sewer rates 9.8
Tird reading passed 5-1 with Ellis
Ordinance 37-11 – Clarifes that a home
that doesn’t meet food code cannot be
improved beyond 50 percent of the market
value of the building for ten years without
frst bringing it up to meet food code.
Councilmember D.J. Rich tried again to
change the language from ten years to fve.
Te amendment failed. Te ordinance
passed its third and fnal reading.
Anton Dumars was appointed to be on
the Planning Commission by Council
Member Ellis.
Resolution R01-12, A resolution by
the Folly Beach City Council initiating
“Operation Home Safe” for the protection
and property of all citizens on Folly.
(See story on page 5 for details). Eddie
Ellis clarifed that the program is strictly
voluntary, and would begin on March 19.
DJ Rich wanted to know what the cap is on
the money provided for extinguishers and
smoke detectors. “It is not clarifed and it
should be,” he said. Ellis stated that any
surplus from the allotted $3,000 for the
program goes back to Council spending.
Rich complained that it doesn’t say that
in the Resolution. Council member
Paul Hume asked how folks’ homes will
get checked; Ellis said they will fll out
paperwork agreeing to every year. Mayor
Goodwin remarked that “it’s sometimes
cheaper to buy new supplies yourself than
to get checked by an outside company
such as Liberty Fire, which is who Ellis
suggested. Mayor Goodwin moved to
postpone the issue.
Motion to postpone issue passed
Resolution R2-12 A Resolution by Folly
Beach City Council adopting the 2012
Regular Meeting Calendar for Folly Beach
City Council.
DJ Rich motioned to move the February
14th council meeting to February 7th,
since many council members would be
out of town.
Motion was passed 5-1 with Stuckey
opposed, saying she would not be available
on the 7th.
Resolution R3-12 A Resolution by the
Folly Beach City Council authorizing the
expenditure of $3,000 for Operation Home
Safe supplies.
DJ Rich motioned to discuss the cap at
next week’s work session.
Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution R4-12 A resolution by Folly
Beach City Council directing the city
admininstrator to return 100% of
local option sales taxes for property tax
relief, given FY 11-12 revenues exceed
expenditures by at least $100,000.
DJ Rich said, “My thought was beach
renourishment project, but we have other
things coming up as well.”
Eddie Ellis said, “I think it’s important
to return the money to the property tax
payers. Tere are a lot of folks that live on
fxed incomes. Lets retain what we like
about folly.”
Hume said, “Te idea is great, and I’m
all about giving us our money back, but
prematurely committing to that might
not be wise.”
Ellis motioned to decide on what to do
with any money closer to the budget time,
perhaps in July.
Motion to postpone passed unanimously.
Resolution No. R05-12 A Resolution by
Folly Beach City Council to close Center
Street for Taste of Folly to corner of Huron
and Center.
Passed, all in favor.
DJ Rich told everyone that plans are
continuing for the Dog Park, particularly
working on fencing and signing. Rich
declared Saturday Jan 28th to be a dog
park fence building party. No construction
experience necessary.
Dale Stuckey reminded everyone that if
they know anyone in Congress to talk to
them about renourishment.
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topics of the Folly Beach Park’s
renourishment, as well as election
boards. Mayor Goodwin opened the
discussion by giving the foor to Mr. Tom
O’Rourke, Charleston County Parks
and Recreation Commission executive
O’Rourke began by stressing how dire
the situation is, and how sad the prospect
of erosion is for Folly Beach.
“We don’t have time to wait on
something to happen with the state and
the feds,” he said to council. “We’re going
to go ahead and move forward. Te park
is too important, and we have to bring it
back. So far, we’ve gone ahead and asked
a coastal engineer to look at our permits
and see about bringing in sand.”
O’Rourke emphasized that he didn’t
believe Folly would receive any “special”
money in 2012 to take care of the beach’s
renourishment problem.
“Honestly, I don’t think we’ll get any
money right now, but if we get our regular
money for 2013 everything should be
fne,” he said. “I do think we’ll get that
much. In the meantime, if it makes sense
to the Coastal Engineer we have on board,
we’ll do something sooner. We’re fghting
for this. It might be expensive, but we’ll try
to move forward and keep you informed.”
O’Rourke next began talking about
the possibility of turning the old Sand Bar
Restaurant into a county-funded lodging
“I’ve been talking about buying another
property on this island,” he announced
to a wary council. “It’s the old Sand Bar
restaurant. Te family wants to gift this
property to us if we agree to maintain it
as it is right now. But I told him we’re
not interested in competing with other
restaurants on the beach.”
O’Rourke went on to explain his vision
for the old restaurant, which entailed a
lodging facility for “outdoor adventurer”
types who want to visit the Folly area.
“What we will do is have a sort of
lodge—where people can come, stay for
maybe a week at a time, and do diferent
kinds of outdoor activities,” he said. “Tis
would be a great stop on the Blue Water
Trail. It could be really good for the island
and produce year-round tourists. But none
of this is a done deal yet; we’re just talking
about it so far. What we’re working on now
are people living there in the apartments
who don’t know about any of this yet. We
do want to give them sufcient time.”
At this declaration, the council began
to look very uncomfortable and O’Rourke
tried to smooth their feathers.
“It’ll be a while—30, 60, maybe 90
days--to get it empty, so it’s not immediate.
We feel like the donation of this property
will be amazing, “ he stressed.
“What about the plans for the
waterway?” asked council member Charlie
“We’ll leave the dock just the way it is,”
replied O’Rourke.
“We’re just concerned about the
congestion with river boards, et cetera,”
said McCarty.
Council member Paul Hume said,
“Also, do you see that as competing with
the private hotels and rental houses?”
“Tat’s fair. It would be foolish to say
there’s no confict,” conceded O’Rourke.
“But what we are not after are people who
want to enjoy Folly. We want people to
utilize our outdoor programs. You aren’t
just coming to enjoy the beach—it’s an
eco lodge of sorts.”
“How many people?” asked Council
Member Dale Stuckey.
“Very small. A few people,” replied
O’Rourke. “We won’t use it as a restaurant,
but we could use the space as a classroom
or reception hall.”
“What about a Conference center?”
asked McCarty.
“No. Tis is for the person doing
outdoor activities, like kayaking, said
Te council members looked at each
other, not thoroughly convinced. Finally,
council member DJ Rich spoke up.
“You are taking a residence away from
a signifcant amount of people. You’re
kicking out people who have lived here on
this island for forty years!” he exclaimed.
“Tey have options. We’re not kicking
them out. Te owner would take action
either way,” responded O’Rourke.
“It’s another piece of Folly Beach gone.
Tat’s going to be sad. Tey’ll be gone
from the island, those people,” mused
Council member DJ Rich.
“People think the county is trying to
take over,” said Hume.
Moments later, the discussion returned
to the park erosion.
“If something happens and the park
isn’t open for 2012, is the money for beach
nourishment still coming through?” asked
Rich. “We have several pieces of property
that need that money. A lot of people
will feel like they aren’t getting fairly
compensated for something new on the
O’Rourke began to look defeated.
“Perhaps this idea isn’t good for Folly
Beach after all,” he said. “If this council is
against it, it won’t happen.”
“We need more information,” said
McCarty as O’Rourke stepped down from
the podium.
“Basically, we have good people on the
renourishment committee,” said Mayor
Goodwin. “We have a good lobbyist in
Washington, and their agency is working
for us at no cost. Tey are going to send a
letter to our Senators that says how this is
a federal problem.”
Te council brainstormed on how
future erosion problems might be solved.
“We need to look at another system
down the road,” said Hume. “Te contract
will run out in about 30 years. Some of
the best engineers are the Dutch. Tey’re
under water. “
McCarty laughed. “What’s
experimental in the US is proven in the
“Anyway, everyone who knows an
elected ofcial needs to get in touch with
them,” said Mayor Goodwin.
“We need to show what it means to
them,” said Hume. “We need to show
Folly’s revenue in relation to the state”
“I gave it to them for one year already
and that impressed them,” said Mayor
Later, the council members refocused
their attention on the election board issue.
“Tey sent us something that tells us
nothing,” complained Hume. “I thought
they’d make it clearer like they said they
would. I want to know the advantage of
these folks doing this. I don’t see those
advantages listed here. I don’t see what
the city of Folly Beach gets. Te other
thing is, as I look at this information, the
commission that we currently have isn’t
even legal. Let’s be honest.”
Mayor Goodwin replied, “If we want
to keep things the way they are, we have
to have an election, but we’re not going to
have one before Jan 21.”
“Do we have people to do it?” asked
Hume. “Did any of the people resign?”
“Yes,” said Mayor Goodwin.
“ Is there an advantage for going to the
county?” asked Hume.
“It might save $600. Tat’s what I
heard,” replied Stuckey.
Te council members deliberated for
a few moments on what the most cost
efective option would be. No one could
say for certain if money would be saved
through letting the County take care of
Mayor Goodwin fnally said, “If it’s
something like a fve dollar discrepancy,
then that is not much.”
“What could the county handle for
us?” asked Hume.
Stuckey said, “Tey could handle it
completely, or let the election commission
do part of it still.”
Hume said, “We still have to pay for
publishing, printing, all expenses incurred
by the county. What would we really be
saving anyway?”
Mayor Goodwin said, “With the
county, we might get people from
West Ashley, North Charleston, James
After a few more minutes of discussion,
the council members seemed to agree that
keeping things the way they are is best,
and any cost diferences are too small to
“I don’t see any reason to change it to
the county. Right now the only thing we
can do, if we aren’t going to the county,
which I assumed from the beginning, is
just to continue how we are,” said Mayor
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some very serious logistical concerns and
wanted to discuss the relationship with
the City. We fnd it very unfortunate that
Te Tides was announced as the location
before all the logistics could be discussed.”
According to Mayor Tim Goodwin
(Charlotte is his wife), Avocet approached
the city with a few requests in exchange
for hosting the event. After serving food
and drinks on the beach for over 20 years
to customers who rent chairs in front of
the hotel, says Merkel, the city disallowed
that practice at the end of last summer.
In addition, Te Tides has been met with
regulatory hurdles from the city in their
eforts to move sand currently encroaching
on their parking lot.
Lastly, Avocet took issue with the City's
handling of a Tanksgiving weekend
incident where a vacationing family had
to evacuate a house managed by the
company that had a leaking septic system.
Avocet Director of Property Management
Dee Bruggeman explains that the
house, located at 803 West Ashley, had
a history of septic problems, requiring
the owner to completely replace the
system in early 2011. After a full summer
season of rentals without incident, the
system malfunctioned unexpectedly in
Mayor Goodwin balked at the idea of
meeting Avocet’s requests in exchange for
hosting the Flip Flop Drop at Te Tides.
“We hold them to the same standards
that we hold everybody,” says Goodwin.
“We can’t give them a ‘bye’ on any city
ordinance or regulation. Everybody has to
be treated the same.”
Combined, Avocet and Te Tides
are the single largest tax contributor to
the City of Folly Beach, confrms City
Administrator Toni Connor-Rooks.
Despite that, Goodwin says, he’s not
willing to make special exceptions, even
when a rule has been overlooked for
In August, Goodwin says that he was
ofered a ‘shooter’ by a waitress from the
hotel while talking with friends on the
beach, nearly 200 yards from Te Tides.
“We have an ordinance that says no
goods or services can be sold on the beach
except the rental of jet skis, umbrellas, and
chairs, and those are by franchise; plus,
the state says you can’t serve alcohol in a
public place,” says Goodwin. “I can’t tell
(Snapper Jack’s) and (Planet Follywood)
and (Locklear’s) that they can sell food
and drinks on the beach. If you play
favorites like that then you get into a real
Tides GM Merkel believes that the
hotel’s situation is unique.
“Even within the City administration,
diferent people have interpreted that
ordinance a lot diferently than the Mayor
does,” says Merkel. “We continue to try
to improve and get more people down
on Folly, and one of the ways to do that
is to continue to improve on our guest
Merkel points out that hotel staf
cleans the public beach three times a week
during the tourist season, at no cost to the
city. He says that allowing customers to
place an order at the hotel, or even from
their rental chair, and have it delivered to
them is integral to the hotel’s vision for
the guest experience. Merkel admits that
the employees who approached the Mayor
may have ventured too far down the beach,
but he disagrees that the action warranted
a ‘hard mandate’ ceasing a long-standing
practice at the hotel.
“It’s tough when you feel like you’re
trying to do as much as you can, and it
doesn’t feel like you’re appreciated or
there’s no reciprocal-type thing,” says
Merkel, adding that the beach-serving
issue arose just before Hurricane Irene.
With the season ending, the issue wasn’t
again broached until conversations about
the Flip Flop Drop commenced.
Merkel also voices frustration about
eforts to remove sand from Te Tides’
parking lot and place it back on the beach,
claiming that the City has forced them to
jump through hoops to gain approval.
Goodwin claims that for that particular
issue, the City is simply assuring that the
necessary steps are taken to assure that
any sand-moving actions don’t afect
requests for renourishment through the
Army Corps of Engineers.
After the November issues at 803 West
Ashley, a million-dollar home, Avocet
ultimately decided to drop the property
from their rental listings. Bruggeman
claims that the owner and Avocet actively
worked to remedy the problem, pointing
out that after the septic system was
replaced, the number of guests listed for
the house was dropped from 14 to 12. She
adds that DHEC signed of on the new
septic system as fully functional, and says
the backup over Tanksgiving weekend
came as a complete surprise.
Mayor Goodwin claims he received
phone calls from neighbors upset about
raw sewage leaking from the system.
He and two councilmembers personally
visited the house, speaking with an Avocet
representative who agreed to relocate the
vacationing family to another property.
Goodwin says it’s just another case
of enforcing the rules fairly with every
"You can't keep having sewer running
down the street, and you can't sell goods
on the beach. Te Tides property line
ends at the sea wall," says the Mayor. "Just
because nobody complained or got caught
in the past, it's just like speeding, don't get
mad when the one guy does catch you."
Regarding the Flip Flop Drop, Te
Tide’s Merkel says that not hosting it
had little to do with the other issues
they addressed with the City. Te hotel
hosted its largest private party to date on
New Years Eve, and Merkel had serious
concerns about onlookers viewing the
Drop without fltering through the hotel
and into the private party, which featured
freworks on the beach side of the hotel.
“Te logistics just got to be
overwhelming,” says Merkel. “With the
fact that we were battling a high tide at
12:20 a.m. that evening, all indications
pointed to it being a nightmare to monitor
it and provide extra security.”
Avocet’s Weitz adds that the company
was open to discussions about making
the Drop work at the hotel, but that “the
strained relationship with the City did not
put us in the best frame of mind to try to
work through those logistical issues.”
Weitz points out that his company
donates space and food to the Surfer’s
Healing nonproft, ofce space to Save
the Light, and land for children’s activities
during the Sea and Sand Festival.
“We think it is important for local
businesses to be a part of the fber of the
community and actively participate to
make the community better.  Our actions
over the last six years have demonstrated
our commitment to keeping Folly Beach a
great place,” says Weitz. “However, it has
to be a two-way street and the city also
needs to recognize that we are a part of
this community and contribute greatly to
the revenue needed to provide vital city
During the frst two weeks of January,
Te Tides and BLU Restaurant closed
their doors for an early spring cleaning and
renovation, investing $250,000 in new
paint, refnished foors, steam cleaning,
and an overhaul to the pool area. Te
hotel reopened on January 13.
“We are not looking for preferential
treatment, we just would like to be able
to continue to provide the great customer
service we have become known for,” says
Weitz. “I think it would be great to be able
to sit down with City ofcials and discuss
what they would like to see from the
island’s only full service hotel. We have
tried very hard to diferentiate ourselves
from all the other hotels that line the
strip in Myrtle Beach and other beach
towns by providing a unique beachfront
Weitz stresses that the guest experience
extends to the beach area in front of the
hotel, and says that allowing guests to
order a hamburger from their beach chair
has been common practice for years (since
before his company even purchased the
hotel) and is part of the hotel’s efort to
show visitors ‘how great Folly is.’
As both the largest taxpayer and
an infuential member of the business
community, Avocet and Te Tides’
perception of a deteriorating relationship
with the City could have larger
ramifcations. Merkel points out that
the City’s fnancial cofers have largely
weathered the national recession, thanks
in large part to the people that visit Folly
Beach and the tax dollars that thus reach
the local government.
Since the Folly Current began making
inquiries to council members about the
issue, an ‘olive branch’ has been extended
to the company, and a meeting to work
out the perceived issues is in the works.
Mayor Goodwin also emphasizes that
he’s always available to talk and work out
any problems. “But I am not in a position
to tell anyone that they can do things that
are not just like everybody else can do
them,” he adds.
“We just want to give Folly wider appeal
and get more people to come down here,”
says Te Tides’ Merkel. “It’d be a lot easier
if we were all getting along together.”
Flip Flop Drop continues from cover.
Workers at The Tides refnished foors during the frst week of January to prepare for the busy spring season.
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house fre or burglary can
be a devastating event to a
family, taking a toll both
fnancially and in the emotional
loss of losing one’s possessions and
heirlooms. At the January 10 council
meeting, Councilmember Eddie Ellis
proposed two resolutions packaged
together as ‘Operation Home Safe’ to
help prevent break-ins and fres.
“Working with the chief
of police, the fre marshal,
and building ofcial Eric
Lutz, we developed a
program where any full
time resident can call
public safety and set
up an appointment
to have the fre
department come
down with a
checklist and
inspect your home
for fre safety
hazards,” explains
Ellis. “Tey’ll
also give you tips
on how to make
it burglar proof and
make your house more secure.”
Te program would give
participants free smoke detectors
and fre extinguishers, provided they
participate in a short training program
on their usage. Ellis’ plan calls for
$3,000 to be used from council
discretionary funds to fund the
program. He adds that participants
would get a certifcate from the city
that could help obtain discounts
from home insurance companies, also
clarifying that a liability waver would
prevent people from holding the
City accountable in the event of an
Ellis met
some resistance
from council,
mostly in the form
of requests for
clarifcation and
explicit caps on
spending levels.
He specifed that the
city would begin by
purchasing about 200
smoke detectors and 80 fre
extinguishers. Te extinguishers
would cost $18 each and the
smoke alarms are $7, says building
ofcial Lutz.
Several council members
pressed Ellis for details about limits
on individual households, before
voting unanimously to postpone the
resolutions until after they could be
discussed in a work session.
Mayor Goodwin says he thinks the
City can pursue the resolution, but
because of the fnancial obligation it
could ultimately be tailored for senior
Fr ee Fi r e Ex t i ngui sher s?
Dear Folly Residents,
I hope everyone had a great and safe
New Year. I look forward to working
with everyone at City Hall to make
2012 a great year for our City. Here are
some updates on a few current projects:
Christmas Tree Recycling Project
- We are surveying and fnishing our
application for OCRM to use recycled
Christmas trees to help build up our
dune line. We were dealt a big blow
from DNR opposing the project, but
we are hopeful that when OCRM
gets our completed application and
project parameters, they will allow us to
continue. Tank you to everyone who
has donated their Christmas tree, and if
you still have one, please call City Hall
for a pickup.
Dog Park at 512 East Erie - Te
property now belongs to the City of
Folly Beach thanks to Charleston
County Greenbelt Funds. Te Parks
and Recreation committee and myself
have been working on design, signage,
features, etc for the last few months.
Hopefully this park will be open before
spring arrives. To help with this project,
we are having a fence building party on
Saturday, January 28th from 9am-5pm.
Michael Rifert from Construction
Consultants is assisting, and will have
all materials on site ready to go. We
just need volunteers to come get dirty
with us. If you would like to help,
please come down on the 28th and lend
a hand. Bring your own tools if you
would like — the more the merrier.
As you may have heard, I was
involved in a situation over the holiday
season that brought some negative
attention to our City. I very much
regret what occurred and take full
responsibility for the matter. While
I did mistake a Sherrif’s deputy for a
Folly ofcer I often joke with, it does
not excuse my actions. I did not mean
to be disrespectful in any way, especially
to a member of law enforcement. I ofer
my sincere apology to the people of
Folly Beach who expect better, and can
assure you that something like this will
not happen again. In the meantime,
I will work hard for this City and the
people who live here just as I have done
in the past.
Tank you for your continued
support, and as always, you can contact
me at djforfolly@yahoo.com or on my
cell, 475-9787.
DJ Rich
Folly Beach City Councilman
Co-Owner Planet Follywood
Editor’s Note: Councilman Rich was
arrested at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1,
after fipping the bird to a Charleston
County deputy in the street outside of
Planet Follywood on Folly Beach.
From Councilman D.J. Rich...
ith the ban on bicycles on the
James Island Connector set to
go into place as soon as signs
are up, bikers will have no safe, legal
way to get to the peninsula from James
Island or the reverse. Te news that the
City of Charleston will start enforcing a
little known rule that restricts bicycles on
roads with exit and entrance ramps has
frustrated and angered the community.
Many bicyclists depend on the James
Island Connector as a way to get to
and from work, and recreational riders
regularly use it to go out to Kiawah and
Folly Beach.
It is not known when signs will go up,
but Mayor Riley has said that the city will
acknowledge the signs and will enforce
the law. Tom Bradford of Charleston
Moves says, “the alternative route over
the Wappoo Cut bridge is extremely
dangerous and predictably, people will get
hurt or possibly killed.” Bradford believes
the law is absurd and untenable in this day
and age. Countless people commute across
the connector on a daily basis. Charleston
Moves will be meeting with Road Wise
representatives in hopes of working
towards a solution with the Department
of Transportation.
Fran Clasby, who lives downtown,
frequently uses the James island Connector
to ride out to Folly Beach to visit his
family. Clasby points out that the city of
Charleston adopted a “Complete Streets”
policy back in 2008 that unfortunately does
not apply to the James island Connector.
Te “Complete Streets” policy only applies
to new or retroftted roads. Te policy
states that in making decisions relating
to the planning, design and maintenance
of public street projects or public street
reconstruction projects, the city shall
ensure the accommodation of travel by
pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, and
motorized vehicles and their passengers,
in a regular part of the permitting process
for such public street construction and/or
reconstruction projects.
Te resolution acknowledges that the city
Bi k es Banned on J ames I sl and Connec t or
Bikes Banned continues on page 11
6 January 20, 2012
et Helpers’ veterinarians, Janet
McKim and Jack Love, share not
only a passion for animals but also a
life together. Tirty-one years ago, their love
for animals led both of them to Te Ohio
State University’s  College  of  Veterinary
Medicine, where they met and ended up
marrying.  Following graduation, the new
Veterinarians opened their own practice
in Middleburg, Virginia.
                        Te couple is a unique team
with a broad range of expertise.    Dr.
Love specializes in orthopedic surgery,
while Dr. McKim specializes in internal
medicine and acupuncture. Together
they hold a wealth of knowledge in the
Veterinary feld that was recognized by
the Middleburg,  Virginia  community as
they grew their private practice to include
over 12,000 pets.
            Altruistic at heart, the couple has
never turned away an animal in need. “I
just couldn’t in good conscious euthanize
an animal that I knew I could save. I went
into the feld not for a proft, but to save
animals lives,” says Dr. McKim.  Dr. Love
shares this sentiment, and has saved the
lives of countless animals with injuries
or conditions deemed insurmountable
by other veterinarians.    Dr. Janet
McKim recalls praying before receiving
her veterinary school acceptance letter
and promising “to give back every day
if her childhood dream of becoming a
veterinarian came true.”    She knew from
a young age that “she wanted to save the
animals” and recalls sneaking her hamster
into church using her hand warmer.  Dr.
Love smiles when he says he was a “4-H
boy” who grew up on a dairy farm in
northern Ohio.   
After 25 years of owning
the  Middleburg  Animal  Hospital, the
couple re-located to Folly Beach.   After
meeting Pet Helpers President Carol
Linville, it came as no surprise that the
couple would dedicate the next chapter
of their lives to an animal shelter,
where their mission would be to
decrease the population of unwanted
and homeless animals through spay
and neuter.    Drs. McKim and Love
brought their expertise to the Pet
Helpers Shelter and Greer Spay/
Neuter Clinic in 2008, where together
they have successfully spayed and
neutered nearly 10,000 cats and dogs.
Tey average about 24 surgeries a day
and provide high quality care at a low
Te eforts of Drs. Love and
McKim, along with Veterinarians
at the Charleston Animal Society’s
Spay/Neuter Clinic, has paid
of.    Tanks in part to spay/
neuter, the number of animals
entering  Charleston  County  shelters
decreased by 1% in 2011 over
2010.    More spay/neuter surgeries,
over 12,000 procedures, were performed
than number of animals that entered
shelters.    In order to curb animal
overpopulation, the goal is to perform
20% more surgeries than number of
animals that enter area shelters.    Spay/
neuter relieves families of the fnancial
burden of unwanted pets, while reducing
the number of euthanized homeless
animals every year.
Upon meeting Dr. McKim and Dr. Love, it
is easy to tell that their work is their passion
and a true refection of their humanistic
personalities. While reminiscing on their
journey as veterinarians, Dr. McKim
and Dr. Love are humbled by the tearful
thank yous they receive.  At Pet Helpers,
these two devoted veterinarians continue
to touch the lives of animals and people
with their gentle words, capable hands
and caring hearts.
Te Pet Helpers Greer Spay/Neuter Clinic
is open to the public and ofers high quality,
low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.   For more
information, please visit www.pethelpers.
org/clinic.php or call (843) 302 – 0556.
I t ’ s Mor e Than Puppy Love
January 20, 2012
Please report all Lost or
Found pets on Folly Beach
immediately. Call 588-2433
and ask for Folly Animal
Service or a police officer.
All resident animals must
be registered with the City
of Folly Beach annually and
tags must be attached to the
pet’s collar. Tag cost $3 and
may be purchased at Folly
Beach Public Safety, located
at City Hall.
ollywood Productions may not
be what you think. Tey are not
a concert promoter, record label,
or management frm, although all of
those roles have been performed. In
fact, owner and founder Ben Bounds
once ran a ‘360’ label that handled the
entire realm of the music business, from
management to booking, promotion,
publicity, and overseeing studio recording,
manufacturing and distribution of his
clients’ albums. But now, Follywood
Productions does what it does best - bring
touring bands into Charleston and send
local bands out on tour nationwide.
No other agency in Charleston is
as focused on out-of-state touring as
Follywood - it’s their top priority.  Bounds
recognizes this as his niche, and it’s what
he does well.  He also enjoys being on the
road scouting new venues and bands.  
“I travel about 8-10 days out of each
month for Follywood work, which puts
me on the road about 100-125 days a
year. Tat’s what allows me to develop
relationships with the talent buyers for
the diferent venues all over the Southeast,
get a frst-hand view of the venue and the
market, get to know the routing from
town-to-town, and scout new bands,”
explains Bounds. “Tis year, the number
of days that I’m on the road could actually
increase, which gets me fred-up, because I
live to be on the road, and I thrive in new
and unfamiliar environments.”
Follywood is celebrating two strong
years of existence with an anniversary
party and oyster roast at the Charleston
Pour House on Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring
Bret Mosley, Guilt Ridden Troubadour,
Weigh Station, Concrete Jumpsuit and
Shonuf. He’s also planned a fundraiser
for client and friend Mac Leaphart, who
recently underwent surgery to remove
a brain tumor, preventing him from
playing (and thus earning an income)
for several months. A host of his musical
friends, from Mark Bryan of Hootie &
the Blowfsh to Mac’s
‘90s band, Five Way
Friday, will perform
their own versions
of his songs, along
with a flm about
“Mac’n At
the ‘Drome is a
particularly important efort,
because it’s a chance to give something
back to someone who’s been putting
in for a very long time,” says Bounds.
“Mac’s probably played 100 benefts and
fundraisers over the past 10 years, and he’s
meant a lot to the musical community in
and around Charleston, Columbia and
Greenville since the mid-1990s, including
the fans and the musicians themselves.”
For Bounds, the future looks very
“We’re just about to start year three
of a three-year plan, and if we continue
to improve at what we’re doing, we’ll
be successful,” he says. “We’ve reached
‘regional agency’ status, and our next goal
is for Follywood to become a national
Bounds is in the process of expanding
and has feelers out for more agents and
interns to add to his staf of about 20
people.  “I feel we’re maxed-out right now
and could not efectively handle more
artists. But we have plans to grow this
year. We’re hiring part-time agents now.”
Another goal in the near future is to
build the brand, Follywood Productions.
Bounds envisions his company’s logo as
the beacon for a good musical experience.  
“When someone walking down the
street sees that Follywood logo, I want
them to immediately think ‘this is going
to be a good time,’ regardless of what
bands are playing,” Bounds exclaims. “It’s
all about the fan experience and the live
music lifestyle.”  
guides how
he chooses which bands
to add to the roster.   For the most part,
Follywood targets bands who are tour-
ready with new and original music. Te
genres Follywood works with include
alt/country, Americana, blues, bluegrass,
folk, funk, jam, indie, and southern rock,
but Bounds says the agency could expand
in that area this year as well.
Follywood’s top earning bands for
2011 were Bret Mosley, Guilt Ridden
Troubadour, James Justin & Co., Mac
Leaphart and Stereo Reform, but he tells
me to keep an eye out for Crowfeld and
Old You in 2012, who came on board late
last year and have big-time potential. Also,
Concrete Jumpsuit out of Columbia had
a strong fnish last year and the crowds
grow bigger each time they play.
Bounds began Follywood as a one-man
show, following his desire to get back into
the music biz after relocating to Charleston.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he
founded record label Dirt Road Records
in Oxford in 2003, which he owned
with lifelong friend Locke Phillips. After
leaving the music industry for successive
jobs in a non-proft for the arts, economic
development and tourism, he moved to
Charleston with a job buying talent for the
historic State Teater in Starkville, Miss.
and jumped right back in.
Fol l yw ood Pr oduc t i ons Mak es
Good Ti mes Happen
Follywood Productions will celebrate the music of Mac Leaphart at the Hippodrome on Jan. 28
Follywood continues on page 10
January 19 - February 3
Folly Current Calendar
ExchangE club low country boil
Due to the Taste of Folly on Jan. 21, the Boil
has been postponed to Feb 25 — same time,
same place. If you have sold tickets or purchased
tickets you may use those tickets on Feb. 25.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
ongoing through Jan. 31:
ccPrc toP Dog Mascot aPPlications
Do you know a special pooch who loves the
county dog parks and possesses true star
quality? Te Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is searching
for its next Top Dog mascot! Tis lucky
canine will be the ofcial mascot of CCPRC
dog parks and pet events for 2012. If you know
a dog that has what it takes to be the leader of
our pack, we encourage you to enter the Top
Dog contest online at www.ccprc.com/topdog,
between Jan. 1-31. CCPRC’s Facebook
fans will be able to select the top fnalists on
CCPRC’s Facebook page from Feb. 1-15. For
requirements and other contest details, visit
www.ccprc.com/topdog. All entries must be
received by Jan. 31.
Thursday, January 19
Chapters Surf Film Debut
A new California-based surf flm called
Chapters features three songs by Folly band
James Justin & Co, including “Te Rescue,”
“Count On Me,” and “I Know You Will.” Surf
Bar will host a screening of the flm at 8 pm,
followed by a performance by the band.
Friday, January 20
Movies at the Beach
Te Tigger Movie (Rated G, 76 min)
Drinks and snacks  provided! Folly Beach
Library, 4 pm.
saTurday, January 21
A Taste of Folly
Annual street festival highlighting our local
culinary fare! Tere will be food booths from
all local restaurants, hot dog eating contest, chili
cookof, date auction, silent auction, server race,
dunk tank, jump castle and more! Last year we
donated $4,000 to the City of Folly Beach for
the Beach Management Patrol, and this year we
are proud to announce that money raised will
go to Folly Beach Parks and Recreation and the
upcoming dog park at 512 East Erie (see below).
Tis event is always a crowd favorite, and
promises new surprises this year! For info on
the hot dog eating contest, please email omar@
bertsmarket.com For info on entering the Chili
Cookof, please email dropindeli@gmail.com.
Center Street. 11 am – 6 pm.
Introduction to Climbing - Climbing 101
Tis class is designed to introduce you to the
world of climbing. We will teach you gear,
basic knots, technique, and how to belay. Upon
completion, participants will be prepared to
take a belay test upon their next visit to the
Climbing Wall.  Pre-registration required.
1 - 4 p.m. James Island County Park. Age: 14
& up.
4th Annual Share Our Suzy It’s Black and
White Beneft
Surrounded by breathtaking views of the
Charleston harbor, the black tie event with
a nautical spin will feature live musical
entertainment by Atlanta ‘s renowned party
band, Yacht Rock Schooner, as well as amazing
food by Granville’s Catering, fun adult
beverages and more! Guests will also have the
opportunity to learn more about the needs
of breast cancer patients, ways to assist and
directly impact the lives of women battling
the disease in the Charleston area.  SOS helps
South Carolina breast cancer patients and their
families by providing assistance to ease their
journey from diagnosis to recovery. Unlike
other breast cancer organizations, SOS bridges
the fnancial gap for day to day expenses that
insurance does not cover. For more information
about Share our Suzy or to purchase tickets,
please visit, www.shareoursuzy.org. 7 – 11 pm.
Harborside East.
sunday, January 22
ABC Fest
Enjoy Arts, Brew, and Community at the Brick
House Kitchen from 4 - 11 pm, with live music
from Te Royal Tinfoil, Skye Paige, and Rustic
Remediy. Local artists and craftsmen will be
displaying their work, and Holy City Brewery
will be ofering free tastings of their latest beers.
Contact 843.406.4655 to participate as an artist
or vendor or for more information.

Monday, January 23
Family Storytime with Miss Donna (all ages)
At the Folly Library, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 24
City Council Meeting
6 pm
Thursday, January 26
Portable Planetarium: Constellation Revelation
Constellations paint grand pictures that give
us insight into how diferent cultures have seen
their world, their universe, and themselves. A
registered chaperone is required for participants
ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.
4-5 pm. Ages 9 and up. $9. James
Island County Park.
Friday, January 27
Movies at the Beach
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
(Rated G, 71 min) Drinks and
snacks  provided! Folly Beach
Library, 4 pm.
saTurday, January 28
Dog Park Fence Building
Volunteer to help build the new
public dog park at 512 East
Erie. Te more volunteers, the
merrier! Michael Rifert from
Construction Consultants is
assisting with the project and
we will have all material on site
the day of. We need help with
everything from digging holes
to running fencing, so event he
novice carpenter can help out.
Feel free to bring your own food
and drink, and come get dirty
with us for the day and give back
to the community at the same
Womanless Beauty Contest
Te Folly Angels present the 3rd annual
Womenless Beauty Contest! Tis year, the theme
is Movie Stars of the 50’s. To be a contestant,
please contact Flo to sign up. Everyone else, just
come in your fnest 50’s attire and watch the
fun! Money raised will help the Angels with the
ongoing cancer treatment of one of our Folly
Friends. Planet Follywood. 7 pm.
Monday, January 30
Family Storytime with Miss Donna (all ages)
At the Folly Library, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, February 3
Movies at the Beach
Cliford’s Really Big Movie (Rated G, 73 min)
Drinks and snacks  provided! Folly Beach
Library, 4 pm.
Run For Counc i l
F I L I N G B E G I N S J A N . 2 4
n Tuesday, April 3, the City Council seats of Eddie
Ellis, Charlie McCarty, and DJ Rich will be up for
election. Filing for the seats begins Tuesday, January
24 and ends at noon on Tuesday, February 3. Filing costs
$25. Filing Packets for candidates may be picked up at the
Municipal Clerk’s Ofce, 2nd Floor, Folly Beach City Hall, 21
Center Street.
10 January 20, 2012
Date High Tide Low Tide
Storms, hurricanes, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can
be very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they
can be wrong so use common sense.
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Fol l y Beach Ti de Char t
Source: www.saltwatertides.com
Mac’n At the ‘Drome
A Concert Film Exprerience Benefiting Mac Leaphart
Featuring Guilt Ridden Troubadour, Mark Bryan of
Hootie & the Blowfish, Danielle Howle, and many more
Saturday, January 28
Hippodrome Theatre, 360 Concord Street
7 pm, $20
Follywood Productions Two
Year Anniversary Party and
Oyster Roast
Featuring: Bret Mosley,
Guilt Ridden Troubadour,
Weigh Station, Shonuff and
Concrete Jumpsuit
Charleston Pour House
Saturday, February 4
Ben Bounds and members of his Follywood team pose at last
year’s one-year anniversary party.
Follywood continues from page 7
Over the past year, booking local
bands for out-of-state touring has received
the bulk of Follywood’s workload and
focus. Tey’ve booked Folly Beach-
based groups like James Justin & Co. as
far west as Grand Junction, Colorado,
but the most popular tour is through
the Southeast from Charleston to New
Orleans. Bounds feels most comfortable
booking the Gulf Coast region, as well as
Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina,
but they are now starting to work up the
East Coast into Virginia, Maryland, New
York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio
and Michigan.
With live music income and ticket sales
outpacing record sales, Bounds believes
Follywood is flling a major need on a
local and regional level. Record labels and
management frms are sufering, and the
booking agent may play the most essential
role in the business in 2012, with a bigger
hand in making or breaking a band than
in the past.
According to Bounds, the Charleston
music scene is still under the radar but has
massive potential. He feels the amount of
quality musicians per-capita is unrivaled.
Two bands on Folly Beach (Dangermufn
and James Justin & Co) have charted
nationally in the past year, a feat not many
cities in the country this size that can
boast. Bounds says he loves the energy on
Folly and how everyone helps to support
the scene. Even being on the island a short
time, he feels like part of the family and has
never felt this level of community support
in any of his previous stops.
“Follywood doesn’t exist anywhere
really, other than the back of your mind
or the bottom of a Captain Morgan
bottle,” laughs Bounds. “People ask me all
the time, ‘Where the Hell is Follywood?’
And I tell them, ‘It’s anywhere you want it
to be, buddy.’”
Come out and lend your support at one
of Follywood’s upcoming events - Mac’n At
the ‘Drome: A Concert Film Experience
Benefting Mac Leaphart on Jan. 28 at
the Hippodrome Teatre, or the Follywood
2-Year Anniversary Party & Oyster Roast at
the Pour House on Feb. 4.
Level: Medium
Solution on page 14
January 20, 2012 11
1. Tere is a $5 entry fee payable when you bring your chili.
2. All entries must be brought to the festival in a crock-pot with a spoon or ladle.
No serving utensils will be provided.
3. All entries must be at the Chili Cook–Of Table (between E. Erie and E.
Hudson in front of Avocet) by 12pm.
4. Set up is between 11am-12pm.
5. Upon arrival, check in and get a voting jar.
6. Two ounce tasting cups, plastic spoons and napkins will be provided so
festival goers can vote for their favorite. Please remain with your chili to
answer questions.
7. At 12pm a panel of judges will taste the chili for 1st and 2nd place.
8. Festival goers can purchase a token for $1.00 to vote for the People’s Choice
Award Trophy for Best Chili.
9. Restaurants will not be allowed entry this year but can enter the Pro Cook-of
at their restaurants booth for a Best Restaurant Chili Award.
10. Festival goers will also be able to purchase a token to vote on the best restaurant
booth at Taste of Folly.
11. Judging will end at 3:30 the votes tallied and winners announced at the award
ceremonies on the North Stage at 4:30pm
12. All leftover chili, crock-pots, and utensils need to be cleared by 4pm
13. Festival organizers will settle any dispute.
Any question or to sign up please email Dropindeli@gmail.com
Restaurants will not be allowed to enter the regular chili cook-of. Our panel of judges
will come by each restaurant’s booth (of those participating) and taste their chili for
an independent Best Restaurant Chili Award. Feel free to sell that chili to the festival
goers. Also this year we will have a People’s Choice Award for Best Restaurant Booth
(overall). Please send someone to the chili cook-of booth between 11-12pm to get a
voting jar. Festival goers will be able to purchase a token for $1 to vote for the best
restaurant booth. Let’s keep this fair and not stuf the ballot box. Judges will be coming
around 12:30 to taste. Te People’s Choice will be over at 3:30.
A Tast e Of Fol l y
4 T H A N N U A L C H I L I C O O K - O F F
S AT U R D AY, J A N U A R Y 2 1 S T 1 1 A M- 5 P M
of Charleston is committed to creating
thoroughfares that safely accommodate
all modes of transportation. It also
acknowledges that a large percentage of
the Charleston population does not have
access to personal automobiles and the
only alternative transportation options are
walking, bicycling or using public transit.
It further states that increasing walking,
cycling and the use of transit ofers the
potential to improve the health of the
community, decrease congestion, decrease
air pollution, decrease dependence on fossil
fuels and their foreign supply sources, and
increase the efciency of road space and
transportation resources. Te irony is that
at this point in time, no plans have been
announced by the mayor or Charleston
city council or any other representatives
of the city or county to contact DOT on
behalf of the community to work out ways
of keeping the James Island Connector
open and make it safer for bicyclists and
Katie Zimmerman of the Coastal
Conservation League points out that
there are several inexpensive ways to make
the James Island Connector safer for
bicyclists, such as lowering the speed limit
to 40, adding rumble strips and signage,
and alerting motorists to look out for
“We’re a city that is supposed to be
bicycle friendly,” Zimmerman points
out. Charleston is indeed listed as one
of the top 50 bicycle friendly cities in
the United States in Bicycling magazine.
CCL asks people to contact their elected
ofcials at the local and state level and
tell them the James Island Connector
needs to be kept open and retroftted to
accommodate bikers and pedestrians.
Contact information for elected ofcials is
available on CCL’s website.
Some feel the city is “blaming the victim”
since Dr. Mitchell Hollon was killed on
the Connector by a driver not paying
attention. All of a sudden there seems
to be a liability problem, and instead of
making it safer for bikers and pedestrians,
they get banned all together. Others argue
that the connector is a “freeway” because
it might eventually join up with I-526, and
therefore the ban is the right thing to do.
To make things even more confusing, the
DOT has previously said the completion
of the “526 parkway” would likely contain
access for bicyclists and pedestrians. So
then would all bikers and walker have to
get of before crossing over to Calhoun
I think the only thing most people can
agree on is that the James Island Connector
is the easiest and safest way for bicyclers to
get back and forth to the peninsula. As a
public road, it must be open to all modes
of transportation. Remember whose tax
dollars paid for this thing. Although we
know there is a brain disease that stops all
rational thought when people get elected,
write them anyway and tell them how you
feel about this. Write your council person,
legislator, congress person and anyone else
that might help and hope that maybe, just
maybe once, they will listen to the will of
the people.
Bikes Banned continues from page 5
lended together through their own life experiences, Gwyn Waller and Pearl
McCabe team up with Charleston’s Laura Turston as the Wildwood Flyers.
Tese well-versed musicians take to the stage with original ideas and talented
executions, lifting the room with a delightful Americana sound. Soulful in their spirit
and sweet in their demeanor, their eclectic musical sound encompasses Gillian Welch
to Janis Joplin.  Along with their years of lyrical collaboration and harmonizing, the
folk trio utilizes a variety of musical instruments,
including harmonica, banjatar, stomp box and
chorango. Te Wildwood Flyers will also be
accompanied by friends from the Asheville, NC
Aerial Group, “Snake Bite Holler,” to perform aerial
silk and daring trapeze acts. Tree lovely ladies with
wonderful musical taste will come together as the
Wildwood Flyers for the frst time in Charleston. 
Wi l dw ood Fl yer s
at t he Pour House
Sunday, January 22
Charleston Pour House,
1977 Maybank Highway
6 -9 pm
It's always promising when a band's recipe starts with three girls and three guitars.
Music calendar is compiled by Vince Perna, a Folly Beach real estate expert who also loves a
good live show. For inclusion, or if you want knowledgeable answers about living on Folly, you
can fnd him at 31 Center Street or at 588-3800 and vperna@dunesproperties.com
Folly Music scene
1/22 - ABC Fest with Te Royal
Tinfoil and Holy City Brewery
Mondays – the Hawkes
Wednesdays - Trivia
1/20 - Fairygodmuthas

Folly Beach Crab Shack
Sundays – Te Bill Show
Mondays – Open Mic
Tursdays – FB Bluegrass Society
Fridays – Nathan Calhoun
1/21 - Sara Smile
1/28 - Estée Gabay
2/4 - Jerry Cooper
2/11 - Howard Dlugasch

1/20 - Ultra Sonic Bloom
1/21 - Stereo Reform
1/24 - Yellowknife
1/26 - Bringers of the Dawn
1/27 - Give Tanks Band
1/28 - Rawberry Jam
1/31 - Old You acoustic
2/2 - Te Hawkes
2/3 - Gaslight Street
2/4 - Old You
2/7 - Yellowknife
2/9 - Bringers of the Dawn

Planet Follywood
Sundays - Reggae Sundays
Tuesdays - Open Mic night
1/20 - Fat Alice
1/21 - Shakin Martinis
1/26 - Karaoke
1/27 - Kevin Church

Surf Bar
Wednesdays - Guilt Ridden
12 January 20, 2012
ere’s another cultivated plant that belongs to the mint family. In fact, I’ll go
ahead and tell you that it is a species of sage, in the genus Salvia. Tis is a huge
genus with nearly a thousand species: they all have square stems and opposite
leaves, being in the mint family, along with tubular corollas and two stamens (actually,
most members of the mint family have four stamens). You will remember from your
botany class that the mint family --which has two equally valid names, “Lamiaceae”
and “Labiatae”-- is in fact a large one, with over 200 diferent genera. Nearly 7,000
species have been placed in this plant family, and they grow all around the world. Te
mint family is especially beloved by humans, for a very long time, and with good reason.
Tere are many economically important species, some of which are quite popular as
herbs and various favorings. Others have medicinal value. And, of course, there are the
attractive ones suitable for gardens.
Species of Salvia are native to just about all temperate and subtropical parts of the
world (except Australia and the Pacifc islands). Te very name “Salvia” is interesting: it
is related to the Latin word meaning health, or wellness, and of course various species
of salvia have long been used medicinally. AND, garden sage, which is also a species of
Salvia, has spicy leaves featuring a warm, musky fragrance…which is so important in
sausage and other food items. (I remember once, at a fancy restaurant, having dessert
made out of sage leaves and frozen beer. Tat was diferent!)
Our mystery sage is native to parts of Mexico. It is an autumn-blooming species,
and has spectacular red fowers. Tere is a big patch of it growing up the street from me
here in Columbia, and during my afternoon dog-walks after work, we are treated to the
wonderful efect of the falling sun glowing through the red blossoms. It is attractive to
butterfies, and it’s quite a treat to watch brilliant yellow sulphurs visiting the blooms. It
is also a favorite with whatever hummingbirds are still around. Te plants are perennial
in their native habitats, and form shrubs. Tey are easy to grow in the Southeast, and
easy to fnd at garden centers; many people grow them as annuals. Te “mystery” of this
plant comes from the surprising fragrance it gives of when you crush a leaf: it smells
just like pineapple! Tere are many examples of completely unrelated plants that have
evolved the technique for producing similar fragrances. Te reason for producing these
aromatic compounds is not always understood…that’s part of the mystery. (Photo by
Richard Wnek.)
John Nelson is the curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South
Carolina, in the Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia SC 29208. As a public
service, the Herbarium ofers free plant identifcations. For more information, visit www.
herbarium.org or call 803-777-8196.
Myst er y Pl ant
A n s w e r : “ P i n e a p p l e S a g e ” , S a l v i a e l e g a n s
January 20, 2012 13
eena Fawn Smith arrived on Folly
Beach 16 years ago. Religious and
spiritually driven, she took it to
heart when her Atlanta minister preached
about “going to the edge.” In April 1996,
depressed after the promise of a partnership
in Charleston fell through, Deena took a
drive out to Folly Beach. Hoping for a
sign that everything was going to be okay,
she was literally welcomed to “Te Edge”
by a turquoise sign, and her new life and
practice on Folly began. Folly was the
perfect ft, with its laid back bohemian
lifestyle and access to the beach and water.
Deena quickly found an apartment across
from the beach, an ofce on Center Street,
and hung out her shingle.
Walking into Dr. Deena’s ofce, one is
immediately struck by the quiet, relaxed,
living room style of the outer ofce, and
then by the number of diplomas hanging
on the wall inside. Deena has admittedly
spent much of her life studying the science
of chiropractic and alternative medicine.
Her diploma in Anti-Aging alone took
fve years to complete. Deena says her
life is driven by Karma and prayer. Many
years ago, her grandmother said she was
a natural healer, and thus began her life
of continuous education and eventually
educating and treating others in the
science of her profession.
Many of Deena’s patients are looking
for alternatives to mainstream medicine.
Instead of numerous prescriptions for
expensive medications, patients can fnd
help for relieving stress and pain, managing
menopause, weight loss, lack of energy and
fatigue. Although some of the treatments
like Total Body Modifcation may sound
strange to those of us uneducated in
chiropractic practices, one must admit
it’s frequently hard to understand the
medical terms and treatments prescribed
by traditional doctors as well.
As one that has always raised an
eyebrow at the thought of going to a
chiropractor or using alternative medicine,
I was a little skeptical at the beginning of
this interview. Accompanied by her two
well behaved, longhair chihuahuas, Deena
expertly explained the science behind the
treatments, then demonstrating until the
light bulb goes of and the AHA! moment
Without knowing anything about me
or my medical history, Deena quickly
honed in on an area of concern that only
I was aware of.
Te origins of chiropractic care date
back thousands of years. Scholars have
uncovered writings from the Greeks
and Chinese describing methods of
manipulating the spine to relieve pain.
Since then, the science has matured and
the efectiveness refned.
Te downturn in the economy and
spiraling costs have kept many from
pursuing needed healthcare and Deena’s
business has slacked of, but that has
allowed her the time to continue her
studies and perfect her techniques. To
many of us aged 50 and older, going to the
GP means almost always coming home
with a new prescription. Using practices
based in a common sense approach to
health and wellness, Dr. Deena works in
partnership with a local MD to keep costs
as low as possible and tailored to each
individual needs. Tere’s no revolving
door with a waiting room full of patients
here. Each patient ends up with an
individual comprehensive, common sense
plan to improve their health or to treat
specifc ills.
Folly Beach is lucky to have a doctor
experienced in scientifc, non-evasive
health care based on thousands of years of
study. Dr. Deena Fawn Smith is a perfect
ft for “the Edge,” and I’m a believer.
Fol l y’ s Heal er
homas Brothers
Pr o d u c t i o n s ,
the Folly-based
three man team behind
last year’s Waves In Our
Pocket surf flm, are
hard at work on their
follow up project. Look
to the Tropics may be
the flm that ofcially
and permanently puts
Folly on the global
surfng map. Te trio
are headed to Australia
in February to flm,
and they’ve launched a
Kickstarter campaign
to help raise funds and
pre-sell the new movie.
Watch a few scenes
from the new movie
and contribute at www.
Thomas Br ot her s
Launc h New Pr oj ec t
14 January 20, 2012
Brought to you by Woody’s Pizza and
Mary Ohl.
Do you recognize this image? It was taken somewhere on Folly Beach (and not
during the parade). If you know where it is, let us know at wtf@luckydognews.
com and you could win a free medium, one-topping pizza from Woody’s!
Congratulations to last week’s What the Folly winner, Jim Nicklaus. It was the
Shell sign on the side of the house at 203 E. Hudson.
Sudoku solution
from page 10
If you have a Lucky Dog please send
their information and picture to:

Names: Howie
Breeds: Sharpei/Pitbull mix
Likes: Ladies, snuggling, running in
the water up to my doggie elbows(not any farther), being a 65 lb. lapdog,
peanut butter and anyone who wants to rub my neck. Did I mention,
disLikes: Balloons, people who wear gloves, being left alone, the rain.
Why i’m a Lucky dog:  I get to go to work with my Mom everyday and
firt with chicks all day long-- she also saved me from a shelter so I never
had to sleep on concrete again. 
16 January 20, 2012
For t he Bi r ds?
ew research released in October showed for
the frst time that omega-3 in fsh oil could
“substantially and signifcantly” reduce the
signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Te British study
published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage,
proved that omega-3-rich diets reduced osteoarthritis
in animals by 50% compared to a standard diet. Classic
early signs of the condition, such as the degradation of
collagen in cartilage and the loss of molecules that give
it shock-absorbing properties, were both reduced with
According to Bright McConnell, MD, of Charleston
Sports Medicine, an estimated 27 million Americans age
25 and older have osteoarthritis, which is caused when
the cartilage at the ends of bones wears away and the
underlying bone thickens, leading to stif, painful joints.
Tere was strong evidence that omega-3 infuences the
biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps
prevent disease, but also slows its progression, potentially
controlling established osteoarthritis.
Dr. McConnell says, “Currently, there is no efective
treatment to slow down disease progression, and treatment
is limited to pain relief and ultimately joint replacement.
More studies are needed, but a 50% reduction in disease
is signifcant and demonstrates that Omega-3s for
osteoarthritis are a lot more than an old wives’ tale.”
Dr. McConnell explains that one way omega-3s work
is by encouraging the production of body chemicals
that help control infammation—in the joints, the
bloodstream, and the tissues.
Omega-3s also reduce the negative impact of another
essential type of fatty acid known as omega-6s, found
in eggs, poultry, cereals, vegetable oils, baked goods,
and margarine. When omega-6s aren’t balanced with
sufcient amounts of omega-3s, problems such as clot
formation can ensue, which can lead to heart attacks and
strokes. So for a healthy balance, eat about 4 parts omega
3s to 1 part omega 6s.
Te two active ingredients of omega-3 in fsh are EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic
acid). Te American Heart Association recommends
eating a variety of types of fatty fsh (such as salmon,
tuna, and mackerel) at least twice a week. Vegetable
sources of omega-3s include faxseed, canola oil, broccoli,
cantaloupe, kidney beans, spinach, grape leaves, Chinese
cabbage, caulifower, and walnuts. Tese sources are
rich in an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid
(ALA). But faxseed lacks the omega-3 fatty acids EPA
and DHA found in fsh. Te body can convert some
ALA into DHA and EPA, but not in quantities known
to be benefcial. Dr. McConnell recommends that adults
treating osteoarthritis consume 3 to 5 grams of EPA
and DHA daily, and people cannot achieve this goal by
taking ALA alone.
“It’s a bad idea to attempt to get all your omega-3 fatty
acids from a jar of capsules. Nutrients from food are more
than 90% absorbed by the body, while the body only
absorbs about 50% of a supplement,” warns McConnell.
“Te amino acids in fsh may work in conjunction with
the DHA and EPA to produce health benefts. Or in the
case of faxseeds, a supplement would lack the seed’s rich
addition of ligand, known to prevent hormone-related
cancers, as well as fber. People should eat cold-water
fsh combined with concentrated liquid fsh oil—we
recommend Carlson’s fnest fsh oil.”
If you’re interested in trying omega-3s for osteoarthritis
or other medical conditions, it can be a smart frst step
to consult with a physician. Charleston Sports Medicine
and its afliate, FitMed Partners, are able to do advanced
nutritional testing to scientifcally pinpoint micronutrient
defciencies. OmegaQuant, a fngerprick blood test, is a
spectrum test for omega vitamins, which Dr. McConnell
uses to create customized replenishing treatment plans
with foods or products for health and medical benefts.