During active beach renourishment construction, the majority of Folly Beach remains open and available for the public to enjoy. The construction contractor continuously moves along the beach during construction, usually 300 - 500 feet per day, barring breakdowns and weather/sea condition delays. That means that active construction that is fenced off will typically only be directly in front of any particular building for two or three days. Even then, the area fenced off is usually about 1,000 feet long, so it's easy to go around the active construction area. Walkovers, access ramps, etc. entering a fenced area will be blocked with fence or ribbon until the work has passed the area. Pipelines running along the beach outside of the fenced area can safely be crossed where the contractor places sand ramps over the pipes. The public should keep clear of these pipes except when crossing at a sand crossover. Even though there is an occasional minor inconvenience, it is for a major long-term benefit—to protect people and property from storm damage. Many people enjoy watching the construction activities and find it interesting and educational. The material is being borrowed off shore and the dredge may be visible from the eastern end of the beach. The contractor works 24 hours a day. There might be some construction noise at night related to heavy equipment such as bulldozers and front end loaders.