Anchoring Ordinance Requirements at Folly Beach, SC
Our thanks to Ted Arisaka of Save Georgia’s Anchorages for this information. Such stringent restrictions are almost always passed by officials who are not boaters and do not understand the mechanics of and safety requirements for anchoring. There are 3 recommended anchorages near the Folly River launch ramp, a heavily trafficked ramp with walking distance of downtown Folly Beach. Open Chartview and click the anchor symbol to show the anchorages locations.
Last year Folly Beach passed an ordinance requiring:
1) an anchoring permit for even one night
2) a 1 mile setback from any public boat ramp
3) a 1 mile setback from any bridge
4) other more reasonable setbacks from docks, marinas
#2 and #3 seem excessive. I was able to download the list of boat ramps from SC DNR and map them. You can draw a one mile radius circle around each of these placemarks to see what the impact would be if this were implemented statewide. (and this does not include the bridge setback).
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