Public hearing on golf cart ordinance

On the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Historic City News has learned of a public hearing to be held on a proposed ordinance implementing provisions for the operation of golf carts on county roads and county right of ways advanced at the request of The PARC Group.

The PARC Group Inc., including partners Greg Barbour, Richard T. Ray and Roger O’Steen, is the Davis family’s real estate development arm for the Nocatee Development of Regional Impact. The Davis Family are the founders of Winn-Dixie supermarkets and put up their land for the development.

They have requested that Staff review and update County Ordinance 1998-48.

Staff in consultation with the County Attorney’s Office has reviewed and re-drafted the provisions for golf cart operations on county roads and county right of ways, pursuant to Section 316.212, Florida Statutes, which permits counties to allow golf carts to be operated on county roads provided the county first determines that they may travel on or cross such public roads or streets upon considering the speed, volume, and character of motor vehicle traffic using those roads or streets.

This Ordinance, if approved, repeals County Ordinance 1998-48 and implements provisions and procedures for operation of golf carts on designated county roads; subject to the County Engineer’s determination that golf carts may travel upon said roads and right of ways of the County.

As the Developer of Nocatee, The PARC Group, Inc., has also asked that the Board consider a motion to adopt a Resolution providing “reasonable assurances” that they may use golf carts within the Nocatee Development of Regional Impact, subject to County Engineer review and approval consistent with the newly requested County Ordinance.