Charleston County (SC) Sues Town Over COVID-19 Check Points Barring Public Access to Beaches

by: Joseph Grather
15 May 2020

Similar to the case between government entities that resulted in a “stay at home order” being struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court (blogged here), Charleston County recently sued the Town of Folly Beach, South Carolina because the Town was denying access to public beaches.  The barrier island municipality had set up road blocks that denied access to the town – and consequently, the County operated piers and beaches – to anyone other than town residents.  The County’s lawsuit was quickly withdrawn after the Town removed the blockages and eased restrictions on short-term rentals.

The lawsuit followed the Governor’s Order re-opening South Carolina beaches to the general public.