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Ave Maria Golf Cart Ordinance Passed by County Commission

Collier County voted Tuesday to enact new rules and regulations on the operation of golf carts in the town of Ave Maria.

The 4-1 vote brought to an end more than four years of discussions by the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District on what types of regulations should govern the use of golf carts in the town.

The new rules, which the AMSCD requested commissioners to enact, stipulate that only drivers with a driver's license or learner's permit may drive a golf cart on roadways in Ave Maria, effectively setting the minimum age of operation at 15. The rules also ban golf carts from sidewalks except for those on Anthem Parkway, Ave Maria Blvd. south of Milano St., and Pope John Paul II Blvd east of Milano.

The lone dissenting vote came from Commissioner Penny Taylor, who said that she thought operation of golf carts on any sidewalk, even those in Ave Maria that are at least eight feet wide, was unsafe.

Passage of the ordinance gives the Collier County Sheriff's Office the authority it says it needs to enforce the rules.

For more background on the ordinance, see previous Ave Herald story here

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