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About Us – Since 2007

Paul Lauer is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina in 1997 and founded CDI Homes. While working as a developer and living on Folly Beach, he discovered the need for upscale overnight accommodations and began constructing Waters Edge Inn, which opened its doors in March 2007. Since then, Water’s Edge Inn has become a premier Folly Beach hotel, offering a comfortable yet elegant beach experience. Created around the concept of offering premier customer service full of unexpected surprises and personal touches, a stay at Water’s Edge Inn is sure to be memorable.


Paul lives on-site and enjoys mingling with the guests. He also works as a Folly Beach Firefighter and spends his free time with his two children.

About Folly Beach

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1. The Edge
of America

Folly Beach has always been part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, we are just 20 minutes from historic Charleston. Locals refer to it as “the Edge of America”.

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2. Around
the Area

On the northeastern tip of the island, you’ll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse. For the sportsman, you can fish from the Edwin S. Taylor Pier which extends over 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Visit our attractions page for more information.

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3. Feast
in Folly

Whether you’re sinking your teeth into a satisfying sandwich or indulging in some southern fried chicken, from fine dining to fresh seafood Folly Beach has it all. Visit our restaurants page for more information.

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4. Things
to Do

From pirates to soldiers to shipwrecks, uncover Folly Beach’s history. Or, stick to the simple kayaking, paddle boarding, relaxing on the beach and more! Visit our attractions page for more information.