Lee Commission approves Pine Island golf cart ordinance
Fox 4 News Staff
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PINE ISLAND, Fla. - Lee County commissioners approved an ordinance this morning allowing golf carts on Pine Island. It's mostly on side roads not main ones like Pine Island and Stringfellow.
The ordinance was proposed by the Pine Island Civic Association.
When and where these open carts should be allowed on Pine Island was the question at Tuesday's commission meeting.
"It's a great thing to use in a small restricted area," said Cecil Pendergrass, a county commissioner. "The problem is the boundaries and how far people want to go."
The ordinance approved by county leaders makes those guidelines clear. Anyone who drives one must have a valid driver's license and they're not allowed on bicycle lanes. Carts must be used only from sunrise to sunset and there must be seats for all passengers.
"This gives some definition for the sheriff's department in order to enforce people that are abusing their golf carts," explained Roger Wood, the president of the Greater Pine Island Civic Association.
Many Pine Island residents welcome the new law.
"I think it's great, i think it's an opportunity to save fuel and it's good for the economy," said Greg Goike, of Pine Island.
Others worry carts on the streets would make traffic worse. "I would probably tend to avoid Pine Island if it was going to take me any longer to get out here than necessary," said Paulette Reese, of Cape Coral. "And also i don't think it's safe to have them on the road."
The Lee DOT will post signs designating on which roadways the carts are allowed. And violators of the guidelines face citations starting at $161.