By Kelli Jo Hull
For Hometown News
The City of South Daytona may expand the program permitting residential golf cart use in the community.
Originated in 2009, the program allows "the use of golf carts on streets within the municipal limits of South Daytona in the area that is east of Nova Road, west of U.S. 1 and south of Beville Road." Big Tree Road and Reed Canal are excluded from golf cart street usage. However, "golf carts are permitted to access the eight-foot sidewalk on the south side of Big Tree Road and public parks, including sidewalks within the parks, that are located in the designated areas."
During the City Council's Jan. 28 meeting, council members voted unanimously to give initial approval to golf carts using a new 10-foot wide multi-use path on the north side of Ridge Boulevard. The new sidewalk, still under construction, will give residents a clear path to the Sunshine Park shopping center. The ordinance also implements a 15 MPH speed limit for the vehicles.
The city's program includes a $30 annual registration fee for golf cart owners, proof of insurance and inspection by the Police Department Community Service Officer. Thus far in 2014, a total of 12 residents have registered.
According to Public Information Official Jeanne Willard, expanding golf cart access has been "part of the plan all along. As we do projects that will accommodate the golf carts we will add it" into the approved usage areas.
Ms. Willard said the program has been successful, with no problems or complaints, because "it is only permitted on roads with light traffic and lower speed limits." She said the city hopes the number of registered golf carts will "increase as options such as the Ridge Boulevard multi-purpose path is added, making the city more accessible."