Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BoCC April 23rd public hearing on Pine Island golf carts ordinance

As reported in our 3/16 blog post, the County has drafted an ordinance on golf carts on Pine Island that would ban their use by all users on all bike/ped facilities.  The public hearing is scheduled for April 23rd.
Background:   Last year the Pine Island community recommended to BoCC that they permit golf carts on roads and shared use paths on Pine Island (with some exceptions and restrictions).  BikeWalkLee issued a policy statement on the issue last year. After legal review of the issue by the County Attorney's office and LeeDOT, a draft ordinance was made available this week which proposes allowing golf carts on a list of designated roads on Pine Island (excluding most of Pine Island Road and Stringfellow Rd.).  Most importantly, the draft ordinance prohibits golf carts on bike/ped facilities, and states "No person may operate golf carts on any bicycle paths, shared-use paths, or sidewalks on Pine Island."

This proposed ordinance and background memo are on the agenda for the BoCC April 2nd meeting, with a proposed public hearing on April 23rd.  Click here for the background memo and materials.

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