A Clearwater Patch reader shares his experiences trying to operate a low-speed, charter vehicle service on Clearwater Beach.
Thursday, January 17
I am writing this letter to give you another perspective on the Golf Cart wars going on in Clearwater Beach. My name is John Starick. I drove the first golf cart on the beach in 2010. It was a free beach shuttle. It was fun. The people that rode it, got to see the beach and get to their destination safely. In that time that I was doing this service, I got to meet a lot of the staff that work at almost all the restaurants, charter services, bars and so on. That Fall my father became sick up in Michigan. I went up to help him recover. When I came back down in December 2011, Florida Free Ride was only a few months old. Florida Free Ride and the Jolley Trolley were having their war. I just sat back and watched. The cart that I was driving was …
After some wording changes, city leaders gave final approval on an ordinance regulating pedi-cabs, golf carts, surrey bicycles and other slow moving vehicles. The rules take effect April 15.
City leaders put the brakes to rules regulating slow moving vehicles on the beach. No, they were not scrapped, but questions regarding the type of braking systems allowed under the regulations lead to a change letting any type of braking system on a surrey bicycle as long as it “lock ups” sending the wheels into a controlled skid. With those changes City Council gave final approval on the ordinance that regulates pedi-cabs, golf carts, surrey bicycles and other slow moving vehicles Thursday. The rules go into effect April 15. Instead of establishing a stopping distance in the ordinance which Paul Bertels, director of traffic, could not find information to support a number for, the bikes have to be able to come to a skid stop, basicallly …