Golf Carts On The Streets. Why Not?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

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.

golf cartA 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.logo

Jon Zolsky, your daytona Beach connection
www.BeautifulFlorida.com

 

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and even better than those type of golf carts are these here :-)

Mar 05, 2009 09:56 AM #1
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Jon- When we stayed at Disney one year, we stayed at Ft Wilderness and rented the golf cart. That was SO much fun! The kids loved it too. Each time we went to Disney we would stay at a different Disney property. We would fly in from Seattle and stay at Disney for 3 to 4 weeks at a time. AH, those were the days:)

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Jon,

They are legal with plates, lights, and a slow moving triangle sign, on some streets in Nevada. I was on Galveston Island last week and there were signs all over that Golf Carts required a licensed driver on public streets and the beach.

As to: "golf cart will be a nice alternative to cars on the streets" yes if the weather is good! The problem with these schemes for alternative transportation is that they can't replace a car. You not only have "between $5K and $10K" extra cost, but you need a place to park it!

Bill

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Golf cartBob - thanks for the tip. I did not even know there are carts with solar panels, which in our climate makes it an even better deal.

Everyone -here the cart Bob is talking about:

this one is 2-seat. I saw electric 4 and even 6 seat in Celebration.

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Katerina - I know Ft. Wilderness and I  understand that it can be a lot of fun. I am not advocating for replacing the cars, I simply think that asdding golf carts, convenient for short errands, could be a good idea.

Think about this: why not allow kids to get their licences, or permits one year earlier, but valid for slow moving vehicles only. Have an extra year fo training a responsible person?

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Bill - you bring very good points. The golf carts will not fit everywhere. Well, there is nothing that works everywhere anyway.

I think there are plenty of communities here, where golf carts can be appropriate. And, of course, I agree that they will not replace cars. I for one thought that it would be great to driveit, but even my 9.5 miles are too far for it.

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