CDD 1 wants to raise concerns about golf cart safety on Morse Boulevard

Community Development District 1 supervisors made it clear on Friday that they plan to pursue golf cart safety concerns on Morse Boulevard.

The dangers of golf carts interacting with vehicles on the busy thoroughfare that branches off from US Hwy. 27/441 at County Road 466 has long been a concern for CDD 1 supervisors, including Supervisor Ellen Cora who has long been outspoken on the issue.

“I cringe when I see some of the new people driving golf carts. They’re weaving, they’re on the phone, they’re right off the line and not near the grass,” Cora said. two inches from your car.”

Last year a 74-year-old New Yorker dies after his golf cart collided with a two-seater Mercedes on Morse Boulevard. He was thrown from the golf cart and was not wearing a seat belt. The snowbird had left the postal station moments before the accident happened.

The February 2021 fatal accident on Morse Boulevard involved a golf cart and a two-seater Mercedes.

Cora pointed out that the Sumter County Commission based many of its opinions on Morse Boulevard traffic on a study done years ago by engineering firm Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc. She blasted the “stupidity” of the study carried out during the summer. months rather than high season.

Cora said she was trying to convey to Sumter County Commission Chairman Craig Estep, a resident of the Village of Hacienda East, the “urgency” of the situation. It has been suggested that Estep, a former CDD 1 supervisor, could be invited to a future supervisory board to discuss the situation.

Additionally, supervisor Rocky Hyder was appointed to the board last year and has brought a fresh perspective to the traffic situation, perceived by many as dangerous.