Golf Carts - Street Legal Required in SoWal?

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  1. InterFx

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    Will be spending more time down at the beach starting this summer. Have been looking at getting a golf cart, and trying to understand what is really required to get around the Seagrove Beach area. Seems to be quite a lot used, non-street legal carts

    Is a street legal golf cart required? I see quite a mix of what appears to be non-street and street legal carts when I'm down there...

    Advice? Are there regulations changing?
     
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    Yes - street legal is required on county and state roads. They are not allowed where speed limit is higher than 35. The county has made more and more of Scenic 30A 35 mph. The section between Seagrove and WaterSound Beach is about to be lowered I saw.
     
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  4. John G

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    All comes back to Enforcement...(or in SoWal, the lack thereof).

    It's not uncommon to see unlicensed / unregistered carts all up and down 30A. I've seen several being driven by young children with mom and day in the passenger seat, thinking its all OK.

    In my opinion the only way to have the WCSO take action on these incidents is to call them and report them when you see them.

    Or, my solution is to give the Citizen Services woman, Leah (I think her name is) the authority to do something and I bet she will. She's amazing and is always out helping stranded motorists, directing traffic at crash scenes, etc.

    You don't use 911 for this sort of call, use the non-emergency line 850-892-8186.
     
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    Education and enforcement needs to be a priority, otherwise public's safety and welfare will be a major problem.
    I don't have a problem with LSV's unless they are not following the rules of the road; overloaded, improperly licensed and tagged, no seatbelts, unlicensed drivers, etc...
    All of this adds to my liability on the road. My hope is WCSO makes a concerted effort to include in its enforcement.
     
  6. John G

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    Has anyone been to Pensacola and rode the Gopher Carts?

    What a great idea for our area!!!
     
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    Not me. Can you elaborate, please?
     
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    Thank you!
     
  10. John G

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    They are PRIVATELY FUNDED!!!!

    They are also very successful. Used them multiple times.
     
  11. John G

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    Ah, so only a few months have passed, this topic went silent and now, an article from the sheriff...and the PIO (Promotion Expert).

    Let's all remember the facts. WCSO claims they cannot enforce laws pertaining to traffic in private communities (ie., Watercolor, etc.).

    This lead to the banning of "street legal vehicles" in those and other areas. Hurting many small businesses.

    In this article, we have a wonderful quote (an excuse); "...his deputies do ticket golf cart drivers on 30A, but if a cart is holding up traffic and a deputy is 20 cars behind the cart, it is impossible to pass the line of cars to get to the cart." Seriously, WTF?

    Do we not have another deputy that would be well ahead of this 20+ car slow moving parade that could take action? Maybe my concerns about staffing numbers in SoWal are accurate...:scratching:

    I also love the reference to posting photos and Emailing on Social Media as that "does not give us the ability to property conduct a traffic stop and enforce change in a timely manner." Such B.S. Staff the south end based on population and stop with the excuses.:wub:

    Don't forget to call the Non-Emergency Line to report this. If a 12 year old driving a golf cart on 30a and holding up 20 cars is not a priority call, I'm not sure what is. Wait for the next tourist fire in a mega house and SoWal FD can't get there. We don't get multiple Robbery or Murder Calls daily, do we?

    www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171028/are-golf-carts-allowed-on-30a
     
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    I don't think that is B.S., obviously emailing or posting something on social media is not the fastest way to contact the police.
     
  13. John G

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    I agree with you. People need to call. However, simply calling doesn't provoke a response either.

    I think the "social media" comment was showing that WCSO acknowledges people are talking on sites other than those that are controlled by WCSO.
     

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