Wellington puts up new stop signs for golf cart ordinance

WELLINGTON, Fla. — There are hundreds of new little stop signs in the Village of Wellington.

“The reality is that these golf carts have been using our trails for many years,” said Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes. “And at this point, we’re just acknowledging that it exists and trying to make it a safer condition not only for golf cart drivers, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The village passed a new golf cart ordinance in September 2021. Essentially it states that drivers must be at least 14 years old, golf carts cannot be driven at night unless they have devices appropriate safety precautions, and drivers are not permitted on roads where the speed limit is over 30 mph.

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Barnes said he had developed a comprehensive signaling system. Up to 680 stops and other warning signs will be displayed. At the moment, the crews are halfway there.

“And the total cost of that for hardware and installation is about $150,000,” he said.

Resident Barbara Dunham is not happy.

“I love Wellington, but sometimes it gets a little crazy here,” she said.

Dunham said the new panels are a waste of time.

“They want to do this, they want to do that, they want to do something else,” she said. “No, we don’t want that. We want our roads fixed the way we want. It’s ridiculous.”

Nancy Dixon loves stop signs. She even took a picture of her dog Richie next to one.

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“These signs are going to help because they’re just going through, they’re not waiting for the cars they’re driving,” she said.

Barnes said crews will finish installing the signs just before the new order takes effect on March 28.

Wellington has a meeting for residents next Wednesday regarding the guidelines for the new golf cart ordinance.