Myrtle Beach allows nearly 700 golf cart rentals ahead of summer tourist season

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Beachgoers walk between golf carts at the ‘Horseshoe’ in North Myrtle Beach, SC On boats, beaches and boulevards, tourists and residents enjoy the early days of the summer season on the Grand Strand during the weekend Memorial Day 2021 weekend. May 29, 2021.

Myrtle Beach will open its streets to nearly 700 golf cart rentals this season, an increase from the number allowed last year, but still well below the cap imposed by the city.

On March 8, the city council approved a dozen franchise agreements allowing the rental of 675 golf carts and 212 mopeds from area businesses, up from 606 golf cart decals issued in 2021.

Authorities have limited the number of golf cart and moped rentals in recent years to 871 amid growing concerns about safety and irresponsible operators.

Police Chief Amy Prock told council members her department plans to launch an education campaign and compliance checks in the spring.

But as more growth pours into the coastal town, authorities may cut the number of golf cart and moped rentals.

“With our roads getting busier, is there a point where you would like to see the number reduced,” Mayor Brenda Bethune asked Prock.

“We probably will, but I don’t have a recommendation at this time,” she replied.

Golf cart operators must follow state law, which requires a driver to be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.

Carts can only be used on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less and must be parked after sunset.

This story was originally published March 11, 2022 00:00.

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