Reworked City Ordinance Allows Golf Carts Downtown Any TimeOct 15th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Front Page
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc. After reviewing the issue of golf carts crossing state roads, Police Chief Gary Calhoun came to the conclusion that golf carts could be safely operated in the downtown area of Madison any day of the week, and that individuals who purchased the appropriate permit from the police department would be able to drive their carts during the week as well as on weekends. The new ordinance repeals previous ordinances prohibiting carts from the downtown area, and specifies that all cart operators do so at their own risk, have a valid Florida driver’s license, and carry liability insurance of at least $10,000. The ordinance will also allow city employees to go about their tasks in the downtown area during the week. Individuals who wish to operate golf carts will need to apply for and purchase the permit decal from the police department. Decals are $25, are good for the calendar year and the price is pro-rated throughout the year. The color of the decals will change each year, and a $25 renewal fee applies. The city is still in the process of working with DOT to designate where the carts will be allowed to cross state roads such as Base Street (Highway 90).