Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Indian Rocks Beach expected to make it legal for golf carts to cross Gulf Boulevard

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — For the past two years, city residents have been riding their golf carts on city streets.

After Tuesday, it may be legal for the first time to get to the beach by golf cart by crossing Gulf Boulevard.

That is when the City Commission is expected to approve expanding its golf cart ordinance to allow properly equipped carts to cross "designated public roads or streets" (Gulf Boulevard) within the city boundaries.

The commission passed the ordinance unanimously on first reading two weeks ago.

Previously, carts could not be ridden across Gulf Boulevard.

"They were doing it, but it wasn't legal," City Manager Chuck Coward said Monday.

When the commission originally legalized golf carts in 2009, they asked the city staff to get permission from the county to allow the carts to cross the four-lane roadway.

Because the busy street is not a state highway north of the Walsingham Bridge, no state approval was needed.

City and county officials agreed that crossings should be allowed at only 15 intersections where beach access points have public parking: Eighth Avenue, 12th Avenue, and 15th through 27th avenues.

Coward said where space is available, specially sized parking slots will be set aside for the carts.

He also said he doesn't know how many people use golf carts to ride around town, but estimates it could be a dozen or more.

One of those residents is City Hall administrative assistant Joan Johnstone, who recently purchased a golf cart to ride to work.

Golf carts are required to be specially equipped to be street safe.

That equipment includes head lights, tail and stop lamps, turn signal lights, parking brakes, reflectors, a windshield, rearview mirror and hip-style seat belts.

Drivers also must have a valid state driver's license.

Golf cart drivers can be ticketed for violating any of the rules.

The one place where golf carts cannot be driven is north or south on Gulf Boulevard itself.

Indian Rocks Beach expected to make it legal for golf carts to cross Gulf Boulevard 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Brain study examined 111 former NFL players. Only one didn't have CTE.

    Storm

    Researchers studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy found that 99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new study published Tuesday.

    In this 1974 file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler looks to pass. Research on the brains of 202 former football players has confirmed what many feared in life _ evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a devastating disease in nearly all the samples, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. Stabler is among the cases previously reported. (AP Photo/File)
  2. Two-vehicle collision leaves driver dead, another with serious injuries

    Accidents

    SAN ANTONIO — A two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in Pasco County left one person dead and another with serious injuries.

  3. Bob Graham says Trump appears to be pushing Jeff Sessions aside to get at Robert Mueller

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - President Trump's attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "unseemly" and without precedent, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham said this morning. 

    Former Sen. Bob Graham on CNN
  4. Innovocative Theatre company debuts with workmanlike production of 'Proof'

    Stage

    TAMPA — A new company debuts with Proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer-winning play. Innovocative Theatre, founded by Dunedin native Staci Sabarsky, is currently running productions out of Stageworks Theatre space. Sabarsky also directs and performs in the show.

    Dennis Duggan plays Robert Marie-Claude Tremblay plays Catherine in Innovocative Theatre's first production, Proof, by David Auburn. Photo courtesy of Staci Sabarsky.
  5. Largo company's bomb-detecting laser device shows promise in finding fentanyl

    Military

    A retired Green Beret who runs a Largo defense company that makes bomb-detecting equipment sees a new use for his laser-based technology: Detecting the dangerous opioid fentanyl from a distance to protect law enforcement personnel and help with prosecutions.

    Tim Molner with Alakai Defense Systems of Largo demonstrates how a company device uses laser technology to analyze chemical residue from a safe distance. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]