Orange Beach begins talks on new golf cart ordinance
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama (WKRG) – Golf carts appear to be the preferred mode of transportation for Orange Beach residents, but new rules and regulations are on the way.
You might call them “golf cars”, but you probably won’t see a lot of them around the links. “It’s what everyone drives,” says Hootie Gipson of Cartiology in Orange Beach. “They drive either the four-seater or the six-seater. “
Gipson has been selling these low speed vehicles for about a year now and the business is good. “You can go to the grocery store, not have to burn some gas, go to your favorite watering hole. So, there are a lot of advantages to these.
They have become so popular that the city of Orange Beach is moving forward to create a new city ordinance requiring all “golf cars” to be legal on the streets.
“We think that this way we can inspect them, do a three-year inspection for a small fee, and we’ll solve a lot of our problems,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said.
Gipson isn’t sure exactly what the city will need, but he says he has a pretty good idea. “You’re going to have to have a windshield, you’re going to have a horn, the turn signals, all the lights, the rearview mirror.”
There is one requirement that is certain: all drivers must be 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
City leaders are expected to begin talks next month and the new ordinance could be in effect later this fall.