Ocala, Florida wants you to follow the rules

Two weeks ago, members of the Ocala City Council voted 3-2 to reject expanding golf cart limits.

On Tuesday, council members voted unanimously to pass an ordinance regarding the operation of golf carts. The three-page document gives several guidelines, including the do’s and don’ts of driving a golf cart on city streets.

At the meeting, council members expressed concern about young drivers behind the wheel of these motorized vehicles. A provision of the ordinance stated that persons without driver’s licenses should not drive a golf cart.

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A golf cart being driven along a road in Ocala.

City officials said they plan to send letters to the approximately 200 registered residents with golf carts outlining rules and regulations. They also plan public service announcements and other ways to get the message across.

To date, police officials said they have not investigated any significant incidents involving golf carts.

Councilman Jay Musleh, one of three who voted against expanding the boundaries, said he hoped residents would self-regulate. He said he received “a lot of complaints” about it.

Ocala City Council member Jay Musleh.

The current golf cart boundaries are Southeast 17th Street to the south, East Fort King Street to the north, Northeast 25th Avenue to the east, and 3rd Avenue to the west.

Had the expansion passed, golf cart traffic would have been permitted in the portion of downtown bordered by Southeast Eighth Street to the south, Silver Springs Boulevard to the north, Watula Avenue to the east and the Pine Avenue looking west. This includes the downtown plaza and the Ocala Post Office area.

Contact Austin L. Miller at [email protected]