Lynn Haven residents can now drive their golf carts on city streets
As we first told you in April, Lynn Haven commissioners have been considering a law that would allow golf carts around town.
This week, that idea has become reality.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the rules have changed. Lynn Haven residents are now able to drive their golf carts around town.
"So we're helping our environment, doing family activities and we're able to leave the neighborhood now," Lynn Haven Resident Ben Lee said.
Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson told us commissioners voted 3 to 1 in favor of allowing the use of golf carts on main roads within city limits. But with a new law comes new regulations.
"The ordinance just reads that all streets, 25 miles per hour or under, and that if you're 14, you can drive a golf cart, but you must have a licensed driver with you. The golf carts may be operated from sun up till sun down and then if you have the other equipment, headlights, windshield wipers and all of that, you can drive them, they're street legal after dark as well," Anderson said.
Twenty-six neighborhoods within the Lynn Haven already allowed golf carts, but some local families said this new law gives a lot more freedom.
"Even though we were able to drive in our neighborhood, now we can leave the neighborhood and go out and explore other parts of our city. I'm certain one of Lynn Haven's restaurants will be on our agenda," Lee said.
Mayor Anderson told us this is a first in Lynn Haven history.
"Golf carts just fit in to our small town feel and our streets are very golf cart friendly and so we're all very excited about this new chapter for Lynn Haven," Anderson said.
Mayor Anderson also told us she's working with the Florida Department of Transportation to issue designated golf cart crossing spots over state and county roads.