Shrimping and crabbing supported many Folly residents for decades
Shrimp baiting season starts on Saturday, Sept. 15. Shrimping and crabbing supported many Folly residents for decades. Before opening Oceansports Surf Shop, Bill Perry, pictured here in September 1981, worked for years as a crabber.
He and his wife, Betty Sue, checked their traps seven-days-a-week. They unloaded their catch at Charlie Peyton’s seafood dock, where Mariner’s Cay condos and marina currently sits.
In those days, drug smuggling on Folly Beach from the Caribbean was still fairly common. Perry recalls being offered $2,000 for a night’s work by a couple of Cuban men who arrived at the dock one day. He politely declined. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Perry and Betty Sue Cowsert.)
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