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Council to Discuss Reworked Golf Cart Ordinance

The issue is expected to come back to City Council at tonight's meeting.

In January, the City Council asked city staff to rework a that would expand the use of golf carts on city streets.

At tonight’s council meeting, the revised ordinance is expected to come back to the council for consideration.

Under the current ordinance, golf cart users are only permitted to drive to and from the . New provisions that staff proposed in January included that:

  • all golf carts be registered with the City of Temple Terrace;
  • drivers possess a valid driver’s license;
  • drivers obey all the rules of the road; and
  • golf carts meet basic equipment requirements (such as adequate brakes and steering).

During the previous discussion, Director Charles Stephenson said for a $10 annual fee to the city, golf cart owners could drive their carts in an area that stretches south of Fowler Avenue to the Hillsborough River and east of 56th Street to the Hillsborough River.

Council members said they had concerns about the fee, as the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club already charges a $20 annual fee for carts to drive on its property. They said they didn’t think it would be fair to charge golf cart owners an additional fee.

They also had concerns about the area in which golf carts would be allowed. Under the ordinance proposed in January, residents of Raintree, located north of Fowler Avenue, wouldn’t be able to drive carts through their neighborhood.

According to the meeting agenda, the mayor and council are also expected to:

  • hear a presentation on the city’s ;
  • hear a presentation on candy-flavored tobacco and consider a resolution encouraging tobacco retailers to help stop the sale of such tobacco to children;
  • make two proclamations: one regarding Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the other regarding Municipal Clerk’s Week. 

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at . It is also  live on Verizon channel 39 and Bright House channel 950 and rebroadcast on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.

Stephanie Alpaugh April 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Last week I witnessed a boy no older than 10 driving one of those over-sized carts-no clubs- along Druid Hills. I see carts full of kids:5-6 at a time riding around all the streets like there are no rules and no one is enforcing any of the current rules. More people who are non-club members are driving unregistered carts like it is accepted policy. Who is going to enforce these rules???? No one does it now-has anyone consulted the police about their take on this? Right now many parents let the children drive underage-I wonder who will get sued when someone falls off on a sharp turn and bangs his/her head. This is setting a very dangerous precident-that has needed to be curtailed for some time.
JS April 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Did you call the police and report this? If not, why? If your worried about enforcement, then you need to do your civic duty. Our police have there hands full controlling the borders of Temple Terrace and keeping out serious criminals that surround our city. If parents are stupid enough to let kids run around in carts, then they deserve the impending lawsuit.
Grant Rimbey April 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The Temple Terrace Police Department is partnering with the city in crafting the golf cart ordinance.

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