Grant-Valkaria To Allow Golf Carts On Public Roads

After numerous requests from residents, the town of Grant-Valkaria became the latest Brevard county municipality to allow golf carts on public roads.  Current rules allow their use in several unincorporated areas of the county, including parts of Barefoot Bay, Suntree, Viera and Rockledge, subject to local restrictions.

According to an article in “Florida Today” dated December 24, 2011, Dave Berman and Susanne Cervenka reported that the new Grant-Valkaria ordinance took effect in November, after interested residents argued that driving a golf cart on public roads was no more dangerous than riding a bicycle or horse on those same roads.

After studying the issue for about a year, and talking with other entities who already allow such operation, officials agreed – but imposed a few restrictions because of safety concerns.  Operation is only allowed on roads with a posted speed limit of 35 MPH or less.  While the State Of Florida allows operation by 14-year olds, Grant-Valkaria requires that operators be at least 16 years of age.  Nighttime operation is allowed if the vehicle is equipped with lights, subject to a 10:00 PM curfew.  And operators must register their vehicles with the town  – so far 25 people have registered, according to Town Administrator Rick Hood.

Other Brevard County cities, including Titusville and Satellite Beach are considering similar regulations.


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