Are you kidding? B-town shuttle service in downtown Braednton? From Old Main Street out to the Village of the Arts, McKechnie Field, the County Courthouse and South Florida Museum?
How can this be possible? Wouldn't the golf cart have to cross three lanes of Manatee Avenue in one direction, then three lanes in the other?
I was under the impression that Manatee Avenue is also a State Road (SR 64). I live in a mobile home park in Ellenton and we have been fighting for at least a year to be able to use golf carts on the sidewalks, which, by the way, were made larger for golf carts, to travel along U.S. 301.
"Per the sheriff's department, you can only drive your golf cart on any private road, and can not legally take your cart out on the sidewalks of US 301. US 301 is not designated by FDOT or the County as a safe roadway for golf carts. Section 2-22-9 of the Manatee County Code of Ordinances contains a list of designated roads usable by golf carts."
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I just looked this ordinance up and did not see anywhere listed downtown Bradenton city streets.
The mobile home parks in this area have had to request an exemption from FDOT requiring 67 percent of each community's signatures to support golf cart usage. They are making our neighborhoods jump through hoops just to be able to ride on the sidewalks, let alone cross streets.
I agree with the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Dave Gustafson that it is a great concept.
But I believe the rules should apply to all golf cart usage, not just those endorsed or sponsored by downtown restaurants and others who stand to gain revenue from this service.