Letters to the Editor

Golf carts are not cars and shouldn't be driven to stores

Palm Aire resident Frank Darling shows his opposition to banning golf carts on Whitfield during a meeting of the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald
Palm Aire resident Frank Darling shows his opposition to banning golf carts on Whitfield during a meeting of the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com

These folks who think that driving their golf carts to the store is fine shows a major lack of understanding. Yes, I have a golf cart to use in my community.

For me to drive to the store in my car, I must have a license plate with a tag that is renewed each year, a legal drivers license in addition to proof of insurance. And I must park legally in the parking lot of the store or face getting a ticket.

Do you who want to drive your golf carts to the store have all of the above requirements to drive?

Also, some of you seem to feel that parking in the lined space next to the handicapped parking (which I much have a special permit to use) is fine. However, you take away from the handicapped person trying to get into their car because the door can no longer be opened as it should; that is why the lined space is next to that parking place.

Yes, when you purchased your home, the seller said the sidewalks were wide so you could drive to the store. And one community has an authorized place to cross Highway 301, which at one time gave you access to a grocery store that is no longer in business (has been replaced by an Ace Hardware Store). The seller's statement is no longer valid.

And many of the communities have a bus to the stores. Please use that or have a friend, who is a legal driver, take you to do your errands.

Don't drive your golf cart to the store, it is totally illegal.

Elaine Truitt

Palmetto

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