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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in Folly Beach, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro Folly Beach area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to Folly Beach, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
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Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in Folly Beach, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in Folly Beach, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in Folly Beach, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in Folly Beach, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

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Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

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Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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Spring Break in South Carolina: Folly Beach & Charleston

Like most people, when I go on vacation with my family, I like to take a break from work. Hence, why there aren’t in-depth posts here on the blog about most of our travels. When we’re away, I don’t want the pressure of recording all the details or feeling like I need to check out certain things to report back; on vacation, I generally like to go with the flow and relax. I’ve written about some of our shorter closer-to-home tr...

Like most people, when I go on vacation with my family, I like to take a break from work. Hence, why there aren’t in-depth posts here on the blog about most of our travels. When we’re away, I don’t want the pressure of recording all the details or feeling like I need to check out certain things to report back; on vacation, I generally like to go with the flow and relax. I’ve written about some of our shorter closer-to-home trips, but the bigger ones I usually just share through Instagram posts (if interested, check out Idaho, Asheville, Mexico, Croatia, Barcelona, Maine, Vermont, California, Nicaragua).

This is my rambling way of explaining why this post about our Spring Break trip to South Carolina — specifically Folly Beach and Charleston — is mostly scenes and quick tips, less of a thorough guide. But sometimes, that’s all you need — inspo for a destination, a starting point for planning, and a few ideas for activities.

So, the quick gist of our trip: We spent three nights in Folly Beach, three nights in Charleston (and one in NC on the way down to break up the eight-hour drive). At the last minute, my friend Margaret and her family decided to meet us there, so we spent a lot of time with them (though stayed in separate places since we’d already booked when they decided to join). Our crews always have a great time together and similar traveling sensibilities (very important when traveling with others). She also posted about the trip in her Designer’s Guide to Charleston SC (she’s an architect and interior design extraordinaire), which includes details that this post doesn’t, so be sure to check it out for even more travel inspiration!

FOLLY BEACH

This actually wasn’t our first Spring Break getaway to the area, though last time we stayed in Charleston and Isle of Palms. During that trip, we took a drive south to Folly and decided that next time we would stay there. Both are great in their own ways, but Folly has a more laid-back surf vibe and more of a town, plus there is excellent fossil hunting! We found a rental through Airbnb that was perfect — just the right size for our family, an easy walk to the beach, and surrounded by leafy trees.

Part of the reason we went to SC for Spring Break was better chances for warmer temps than more northern beaches, and that was a good call, because the weather was fantastic. Sunny and high 70s made for very pleasant days on the beach, and the water wasn’t too cold for swimming.

We ate most of our meals out, but had breakfast and snacks at the house. There are a bunch of good restaurants and places to get a bite in town, most of them casual and fun. Our favorite easily Chico Feo, with delicious tacos, sandwiches, bowls, and drinks. For snacks and stuff at the house, Bert’s Market had everything we needed and then some. It’s not a huge grocery store, but they also have take out sandwiches and other freshly made fare, plus it’s open 24 hours. And non-food related, but I must mention the great massage I had at Folly Beach Medispa.

Before we headed to Charleston after we left our digs in Folly, we went to see Morris Island Lighthouse. You can’t actually go in or even get up close to it, but we walked to a small beach to get a view. However, the path leading to the beach may have been the highlight, the stretch of asphalt covered with colorful graffiti. The walk should have been quick, but we kept stopping to check out the art beneath our feet.

CHARLESTON

Okay, I’ll be straight up: This part of our trip was really a lot of eating and drinking and walking around. We’d been to the city before and had done a lot of touristy stuff — Fort Sumter and tours of historic places, etc. — and we didn’t feel the need to repeat them. So, besides the guys taking a water taxi to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (while Margaret, Sasha, and I shopped on King Street), we really mostly ate, drank, strolled, and just enjoyed hanging out with everyone. Here’s a recap of that in pictures.

Have you been to Folly Beach or Charleston? What are some of your favorite things to do and places to go there?

Folly Beach, South Carolina

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting be...

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting beach community with plenty of memories ready to be made.

Climate Of Folly Beach

Winters in Folly Beach are short and cool, while summers are often oppressively hot; from May to September, the average daily temperatures reach 29°C, with July as the hottest month and highs of 32°C. Winters typically lasts from December to March, and the temperature climbs no higher than 17°C on average. January is considered the coldest month, with lows of 6°C. The wet season typically lasts from June to September, with a 35% chance of rainfall on any given day. Statistically, August is the wettest month, with an average of 15 days out of 31 with at least 1mm of precipitation, while November is the driest, with only six days on average recording any rain. Due to its coastal location on the Atlantic Ocean, Folly Beach and Island often face the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes; amongst the notable storms to hit the area was Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which destroyed up to 80% of the settlement.

History Of Folly Beach And Island

From the Old English word "Folly," an area with undergrowth and densely packed forestation, the history of Folly Island date back to the 17th century. In 1696, the British Monarch William III endowed the area to a settler named William Rivers. Throughout the years, ownership of the Island and its eventual largest settlement, Folly Beach, passed to several different proprietors. While it was officially a British and later American possession following the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the indigenous Bohicket Tribe continued to populate the area, often with an uneasy relationship with the European colonizers. Because of its location on South Carolina's Atlantic coast, in the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous shipwreck survivors found themselves temporarily lodged in the town and Island. Among these were passengers of the Amelia in 1832. But Folly Beach and Island began its actual industrialization during the American Civil War when Federal Troops were stationed there. Supply depots, forts, roads, and other strategic posts were constructed during this period, and the beach city and its surrounding foliage served as an essential site in the battle to retake Fort Sumter. Following the Civil War, and as part of the Federal Government's social and economic program of Reconstruction, Folly Beach and Island grew as a seaside retreat area; through the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th century. Several cottages, boardwalks, piers, small businesses, and even amusement park rides began to fill the area. Music-halls and clubs grew rapidly, particularly in the immediate post World War II period, and big bands like Glenn Miller's entertained residents and tourists alike. Folly Beach is furthermore forever tied to a classic of modern American music and composer, George Gershwin. While vacationing on the Island and Beach in the summer of 1934, the composer and pianist completed his famed opera Porgy and Bess, which is set in the South Carolina town of Charleston.

Attractions In Folly Beach

Referred by locals as "The Edge of America," Folly Beach houses numerous surfing spots, which see hundreds of enthusiasts descend into town; amongst the most popular of these spots are Washout, Folly Beach Pier, and 10th Street. Along with these sites, tourists and surfers can find great waves on the water and even better hospitality on land. An eclectic range of restaurants, gift shops, bars, and offices color the town's scenery, while such landmarks as the Atlantic Pavilion and Oceanfront Hotel provide comfortable lodging and entertainment. A glimpse of the North Atlantic right whales can occasionally be seen during their respective migration seasons. These enormous creatures migrate along the coast of Folly Island, often leaving whale watchers with a spectacular exhibition of nature in all its wonder.

Just off the coast of Folly Beach, visitors can also marvel at a human wonder and the famed Morris Island Lighthouse. First constructed in 1872, the Lighthouse is noted for its slight lean, directly resulting from an earthquake in 1886.

The historically-minded tourist will surely love to take a 30-minute drive and visit Fort Sumter, the site of the attack that began the Civil War in 1861. This living museum is an eternal reminder of the tremendous toll the Civil War took on American society and its enduring presence in political and popular culture.

These and a plethora of other local museums and parks round out any visit to Folly Beach and Island; whether it is to enjoy the beach life and surfing, take in some great live music performances, or step into a bit of American history, any stopover at this unique Island and City will be one to surely write about.

10 highest-rated restaurants on Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD)- Tired after a long day of sun, surf, and sand? Talk a walk down Center Street and pop into a popular local restaurant for a quick bite and refreshing beverage.We compiled a list of the most popular eateries on Folly Beach. In order to qualify, the restaurant must have at least 50 reviews.Here are the top 10 highest-rated establishments, according to Yelp:Jack of Cups Saloon, which serves mainly Hungarian-Czech-inspired dishes, comes highly recommended by Yelp reviewers. Customers describe the am...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD)- Tired after a long day of sun, surf, and sand? Talk a walk down Center Street and pop into a popular local restaurant for a quick bite and refreshing beverage.

We compiled a list of the most popular eateries on Folly Beach. In order to qualify, the restaurant must have at least 50 reviews.

Here are the top 10 highest-rated establishments, according to Yelp:

Jack of Cups Saloon, which serves mainly Hungarian-Czech-inspired dishes, comes highly recommended by Yelp reviewers. Customers describe the ambiance as “quirky” and “quiet and removed from the Folly craziness/hustle and bustle.”

Popular Dishes: Halupki, Pierogi Lasagna, and Hungarian Lentil Dip Location: 34 Center St. Rating: Five stars out of 404 reviews

Four-legged friends are always welcome at this small, local hot spot on Folly Beach. Because this cafe is so popular, you can expect it to be pretty crowded on the weekends. What could be better than breakfast all day?! “Worth the drive!” as one Yelp reviewer said.

Popular Dishes: Huevos Rancheros, French Toast, Folly BenedictLocation: 106 W Huron St.Rating: Four and a half stars out of 874 reviews

Fair warning: Yelp reviewers say the place can get crowded and it’s “a bit confusing figuring out how to order.” But, if you do figure out how to order you won’t be disappointed as the tacos have been described as “next level.” Plus, it’s open late so consider it a must-stop on the way home from the Folly Beach bars!

Popular Dishes: Chicken Tacos, Mahi Tacos, Bun ChaLocation: 122 E Ashley AveRating: Four and a half stars of out 270 reviews

“Best food and best prices on the island,” wrote one Yelp user. The Drop In is known for its deli favorites and specialty sandwiches which are perfect to pack in your beach bag or scarf down after a long day in the sun.

Popular Items: Little Havana Sandwich, Pasta Salad, the War Pig Location: 32-B Center St. Rating: Four and a half stars out of 73 reviews

While visitors praise the menu variety and “beachy vibes” at Rita’s, what really shines is the staff. One Yelp user said it best: “They made a Painkiller specifically for my grandmother even though it wasn’t on the menu! Now that’s service!”

Popular Items: Fish & Shrimp Tacos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grouper SandwichLocation: 2 Center St. Rating: Four stars out of 920 reviews

“Classic American Irish styled pub. They poured the Guinness correctly and the atmosphere is just right,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. Need we say more?

Popular Items: Fish and Chips, Frozen Irish Coffee, Irish Tater Tots Location: 11 Center St. Rating: Four stars out of 216 reviews

Reviewers love Loggerhead’s proximity to the beach and weekday happy hour specials. “What more could one ask for in a beachside restaurant?” one reviewer asked. “If your answer is a friendly staff, live music, and a place that supports local causes, then Loggerhead’s Beach Grill is the joint you’re gonna want to hit up when on Folly Beach!” You can even listen to live music while you stare out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Popular Items: Conch Fritters, Onion Rings, Lowcountry Alfredo Location: 123 W. Ashley AveRating: Four stars out of 363 reviews

Affectionately nicknamed LOLO may not be right on the main strip of Folly Beach, but according to Yelp reviewers, it is a “must stop.” If you’re hoping to avoid the lines on Center St, try LOLO. One Yelp user even said it has “best she-crab soup in all of South Carolina,” but we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Popular Items: She Crab Soup, Shrimp Burger, Fried/Grilled ScallopsLocation: 2293 Folly RoadRating: Four stars out of 87 reviews

Bowen’s Island is a can’t miss spot when visiting Folly Beach. It’s a little off the beaten path (meaning you’ll have to drive down a dirt road to get there), but once you arrive you’ll be met with delicious seafood and spectacular views. You have to order at the counter before sitting, so prepare to wait in long lines. It’s no wonder Yelp users call Bowen’s Island “a truly amazing local dining experience” and “THE REAL THING.”

Popular Items: Fried/Grilled Shrimp Platter, Steamed Oysters, Frogmore Stew Location: 1870 Bowens Island Rd Rating: Four stars out of 562 reviews

Pizza and the beach may not seem like the most classic combination, but Yelp users believe Woody’s is up to the task. The slices are pretty large, so you may be headed home with leftovers. Quick tip: Woody’s only delivers on the island!

Popular Items: the Woody, Homemade. Ranch. Dipping. Sauce.Location: 39 Center St.Rating: Four stars out of 178 reviews

Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher to cut down trees

FOLLY BEACH — A recent change to a Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher for property owners to remove trees from their lots.Changes to an existing ordinance approved by City Council last year would require residents to pay a fee or submit replacement plans for most trees that would be cut within city limits. The goal is to help with stormwater management in the city.In the past, property owners were required to pay a fee only if they wanted to remove protected trees from their lots, according to Katie Gerling, the c...

FOLLY BEACH — A recent change to a Folly Beach ordinance will make it tougher for property owners to remove trees from their lots.

Changes to an existing ordinance approved by City Council last year would require residents to pay a fee or submit replacement plans for most trees that would be cut within city limits. The goal is to help with stormwater management in the city.

In the past, property owners were required to pay a fee only if they wanted to remove protected trees from their lots, according to Katie Gerling, the city’s former environmental and land use planner. Ten species are considered protected, including maples, magnolias and oaks that are indigenous to Folly Beach.

But the rules have changed now that the city is mostly built out and only a handful of completely wooded lots remain. Historically, wooded lots provided drainage capacity for stormwater, Gerling said in an interview before her recent departure from her position with Folly Beach.

“With the development of our lots, people were going in and just clear-cutting pines and any non-protected trees,” Gerling said.

With the rule change, the city wanted to ensure homeowners and developers give more thought to tree removals.

“We need all the help we can get for stormwater drainage, being a marsh island beach community,” Gerling said. “So the more trees that we can preserve on the lot, that’s what our goal is.”

Land owners now have to apply for a tree alteration permit to remove both protected and non-protected trees. The application must be accompanied by a landscape plan that includes the location and size of the trees.

If an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture determines a tree is diseased, dying or hazardous, the removal fee would be waived.

Van’s Tree Service is just one company that has already been called to Folly Beach to identify hazardous trees and write reports to support the removal. The company’s owner, Van Atkins, said a resident called him last year because he had a dead tree in his yard. He needed an arborist to actually say it was dead before it could be removed.

While in the yard, Atkins discovered at least two other trees that were hazardous. He said the average homeowner won’t always recognize dying or hazardous trees.

“If it’s got a root rot where the roots around it are rotten and there’s rot down at the base of the tree, there’s some potential for falling over or getting blown over,” Atkins said. “So that’s when I’d write a letter asking for permission to remove the tree.”

The amended ordinance said non-protected trees may be removed from a lot without cause. But customers who want to remove a healthy one that is at least 12 inches in diameter at chest height will now be responsible for mitigation.

Healthy trees that are removed or destroyed must be replaced with an equivalent amount of trunk diameter, so one 12-inch tree could be replaced with a tree of the same size or two 6-inch trees, for example. Protected trees must be replaced with the same species or an accepted shade species identified by the S.C. Forestry Commission. Non-protected trees have to be replaced with species listed on the city’s protected tree list.

Property owners can also mitigate their tree removals by paying a fee equaling the average of two written quotes for the cost of replacement trees.

“So if they went and said ‘I want to mitigate these trees and replant them,’ they can either physically do that or they can get quotes from the nursery,” Gerling said. “And that’s what we base the fee on.”

Gerling said many people tend to mitigate with palm trees, as they are usually the cheapest option. She said a 14-inch palm tree costs about $200.

Mitigation fees pay into the city’s tree fund. This year, the city used mitigation funds generated over time for protected trees to start a $10,000 grant for people to replace palmettos cut down by Dominion Energy.

If the utility removed a palmetto tree from in front of a resident’s home, in the public right of way, the city will pay up to $100 or one-third of the cost of a replacement, said Aaron Pope, Folly Beach’s city administrator. The replacement tree can be planted anywhere on the property as long as it is visible from the public right-of-way.

“So that was kind of our attempt to help private folks come and mitigate the loss of all these public palmetto trees they cut down out here,” Pope said.

Across Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island has a similar ordinance in place to protect trees and preserve the natural landscape.

Landowners on the island must pay $25 to apply for a permit to remove trees. The money goes to a Tree Fund and a Tree Commission determines if the plants can be removed. If approved, owners would have to submit a replacement plan or make an unspecified payment in lieu, according to the ordinance.

Owners can remove diseased, dying or hazardous trees if the commission agrees with the findings. No replacement would be required, and the application fee won’t be charged.

Palmettos can be relocated intact to another site on the same lot or to a public site in town, with the permission of the zoning administrator.

The Sullivan’s Island ordinance said these regulations are intended to preserve the natural beauty of the island, prevent erosion, minimize flooding, and improve surface drainage and air quality.

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Folly Beach to expand eParking services

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as an...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.

The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.

Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as another option for payment.

City administrator Aaron Pope says they want to make it clear that through this program, they are not adding any additional paid parking, just adding an electronic option to existing pay-to-park spaces.

Pope says currently there are 2,881 right-of-way parking spaces on Folly Beach and 9% of those are paid spots. He says they plan to keep it that way for now.

All of the pay-to-park areas include public beach access, some areas of Arctic Avenue and the Washout on Ashley Avenue.

Folly Beach City Council will give a summary of their parking payment collection and traffic enforcement plan Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

After expenses, Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.3 million in parking fees in 2021. That figure is more than they expected to make, after budgeting for $833,376.02 this year.

Pope says after the companies running the paid parking and parking enforcement programs are paid, the city uses the remaining funds to pay for road shoulder improvements, beach access improvements and repairs, public safety calls, beach and litter patrol, and extra sanitation runs at the beach accesses during the summer.

Folly Beach also reports that over 11,000 parking citations were issued this year and 79% of those have been collected.

The city’s parking contractor, Jared Glass, says they collect unpaid citations by sending late notices to folks who have a citation that is 30 days delinquent. If not paid, they send a follow-up late notice at 60 days informing them of the fine and the intention to release the owed fine to a collection agency. At 90 days, the citation is eligible to be sent to a collections agency to attempt to collect the fine.

Glass says they also have a vehicle immobilization device for violators that they encounter.

Pope says all paid access spots on Folly except for three will still offer a physical pay station option. Those are the 10E access, 1587E access, and the 1670E access.

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