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Folly Beach to consider 90-day pause on new construction

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach could soon put a stop to all new construction for three months.

Mayor Tim Goodwin says the goal of the proposed 90-day moratorium is to give city leaders time to work through new zoning laws for the downtown area.

Goodwin says buildings downtown are capped at three stories but city leaders are discussing adding an amendment to include rooftop bars as one of those stories. All rooftop bars already built above the third story, will be able to continue service.

Goodwin also says the proposed zoning changes would require that all new buildings designate the first floor to commercial space, even if they are planning to build housing on the top floors.

“We’re trying to create more commercial space,” Goodwin said. “If somebody wants to open a doctor’s office, or a dentist’s office, or, I don’t know, a massage therapy office, we’re trying to create some space where that could happen, which we don’t really have now.”

The council is set to vote on the moratorium for the second and final time Tuesday afternoon at a special meeting.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 4:30 p.m.

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