Golf carts round the clock, plus speed bumps

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Jerry Weber

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

Apalachicola commissioners Tuesday night learned a lot about traffic in the city, and it was clear not all residents agree on how to handle it.

The commission got the easy stuff out of the way early in the meeting, unanimously approving an ordinance to allow golf carts to travel streets at night provided they meet state requirements for travel in darkness.

Golf carts will be able to operate from sunset to sunrise, provided they possess brake lights, turn signals and integrated headlights, which are those connected to the vehicle. They also must have a windshield to operate during the hours of darkness, but unlike the other items, a windshield is currently required for daylight operation.

While the golf cart ordinance was approved without discussion, the rest of the meeting included a spirited back-and-forth regarding other traffic control measures.

On the agenda was a proposal to transform the intersections of Commerce Street and Avenue D, Commerce Street and Avenue E and 11th Street and Avenue F from two-way to four-way stops.

City Administrator Betty Taylor-Webb said businesses contacted downtown did not object to the four-way stops, and that she planned to speak with John Croom regarding the Avenue F intersection, as well as about Croom’s Transportation vehicles that appear to be an obstruction in the yard.

Commissioner Brenda Ash said she has heard questions raised by residents as to whether more stop signs are needed.

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