The Glynn County Police Department plans to roll out a map that will clarify for golf cart drivers in St. Simons which roads they are allowed to drive on.
Residents concerned about illegal golf cart use on the island attended a town hall meeting hosted by Glynn County Commissioner Cap Fendig at the St. Simons Club on Wednesday.
The discussion also included an overview of the projects proposed by SPLOST 2022 and an update on a planned roundabout at the intersection of Frederica and Sea Island roads.
Poor acoustics and bad weather outside created noise issues, prompting complaints from those who couldn’t hear the speakers. To make up for the problem, residents were given the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face with county staff at the end of the town hall.
County Executive Bill Fallon outlined plans for the proposed Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax, a 1% tax that will raise funds for county projects if voters approve it in november.
Fallon said a study by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia found that 43.6% of every dollar spent in Glynn County is by someone who lives outside the community. .
“Almost every dollar we spend, someone else spends a dollar here,” he said. “So SPLOST takes advantage.”
The list of proposed projects to be funded by a 2022 SPLOST is made up of critical infrastructure developments, Fallon said.
“The list we have contains no wishes,” he said. “These are all needs for Glynn County.”
The list was created through collaboration with the county, city, Joint Water and Sewer Commission, Jekyll Island Authority, Brunswick-Glynn Economic Development Authority, and Brunswick Airport. Golden Isles, Fallon said.
The tax could generate between $130 million and $170 million over the six-year collection period.
Proposed projects include the widening of Glynco Parkway, improvements to Demere Road, Old Jesup Road and the St. Simons entrance area, as well as ditch and drainage works throughout the county.
About 30 minutes into the town hall, resident Julian Smith interrupted Fallon, saying he was frustrated that no opportunity to ask questions had yet been presented.
“It’s ridiculous, the fact that you can’t stick to an agenda,” he shouted before leaving. “Thanks and good night.”
Glynn County Police Chief Jacques Battiste unveiled a map designed to show golf cart drivers which roads are available.
“We’re going to post this at the St. Simons Island Police Station,” he said. “We’re going to post it downtown. We’re going to make it easy for you on social media, on our website, and we’re also going to put it on a flyer that goes out to each of the golf cart rental agencies.
Complaints about the illegal behavior of golf cart drivers on the island are common. Motorists often find themselves behind a prohibited cart on the road.
These carts can block traffic causing long lines of vehicles behind them. They are also often driven by underage drivers, which creates additional safety risks.
Battiste said local law enforcement is trying to balance between allowing those who use golf carts for recreational trips around the island to do so safely while ensuring people in vehicles who have to go to work or school can do so safely.
“Even though they live in this beautiful environment we call St. Simons Island, they have jobs they need to get,” Battiste said. “So if you’re trying to drop your kid off at school in the morning and you’re behind a golf cart that should technically be moving when there are three or more cars behind them… there’s a problem. “
Those who drive what are legally classified as “personal transport vehicles” (trolleys capable of traveling at 20 mph or less) are not permitted on roads with a speed limit above 25 mph. Drivers of “low-speed vehicles” (trolleys capable of traveling at 40 km/h or less) should not drive on roads with a speed limit higher than 55 km/h.
“We’re not trying to encroach on your leisure time,” Battiste said. “We’re just asking you to be good shareholders, good stakeholders, in this area.
A brief update on the Frederica Roundabout and Sea Island offered insight into the design of the plan.
The county commission approved $6 million for the work.