According to New-Jouranl correspondent TAYLOR ASHLEY, SOUTH DAYTONA residnetsw may soon be allowed to use golf carts to drive around the city.
"By this time next year, unless something comes up, we'll have golf carts on the street," City Manager Joe Yarbrough told council members Tuesday night.
A consulting firm hired by the city conducted the study, and based on their recomendations the council members decides to move forward with this proposal to allow golf carts.
Golf carts are eco-friendly electric slow moving vehicles, that are less noisier and cleaner than gas powered vehicles. They need to be recharged regularly, and can go about 30 miles before recharging, making them ideal for running errands.
If all goes as planned, South Daytona will have then to petition the county for permission to cross county roads, specifically Reed Canal and Big Tree roads.
If this all works fine, South Daytona will join dozens of other communities in the U.S., which have considered or passed ordinances to allow golf carts on local streets. In Central Florida I know two: The Villages, and Town of Celebration in Kissimmee. According to the newspaper article, Lake Helen has approved golf cart use on city roads, and Flagler Beach is considering the idea as well.
There are still issues concerning the se of golf carts in the city. The feasibility study examined the legal aspects of operating golf carts on rights of way, age limits, registration, vehicle inspection and how to enforce the laws governing golf carts.
Priced between $5K and $10K, these golf cart will be a nice alternative to cars on the streets.
Jon Zolsky, your daytona Beach connection