Even before the much-anticipated Memorial Day weekend, Lowcountry beaches once vacant because of a potentially deadly pandemic, were crammed with people.
"We were over run," says Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll.
"People came out in droves that we haven't seen before in my 60 plus years of living on the Isle of Palms.
The Beach Debate
Pictures of the island showing tents and bathing suit clad bodies dotting the coast blew up on social media. Some saw families responsibly enjoying the sun and sand. Others saw a simmering petri dish.