Poll results show residents want limited use of golf carts in Viera


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Courtesy of The Viera Company

Many residents want police agencies to enforce new regulations on the use of golf carts in Viera.

Those were the results of a recent poll on nextdoor.com when residents were asked: Should golf carts be allowed on all sidewalks, bridges, shopping centers throughout Viera or should they just be limited to neighborhoods and golf courses?

The poll, created by Toni Wyatt, a resident of Heron’s Landing in Viera, was in response to a car vs. golf cart crash that happened at Lake Andrew Drive in Viera around 2:50 p.m. Oct. 4.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that William Brown, 59, of Melbourne, was driving a 2007 Mitsubishi southbound on Lake Andrew Drive, while the golf cart, driven by a 14-year-old boy northbound on the west sidewalk of Lake Andrew Drive, attempted to cross at Napolo Drive.

Police said the car and golf cart collided and the cart driver and 16-year-old passenger were ejected.

The driver of the golf cart was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando with serious injuries. The 16-year-old passenger, who also suffered serious injuries, was transported to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.

Because of conflicting statements regarding who had the right of way, no charges have been filed, FHP said. This crash remains under investigation.

Wyatt said there were more than 750 responses to her poll which was posted Oct. 7, with 64 percent saying golf carts should be limited to neighborhoods and golf courses.

Wyatt said she put the poll out on the website to “get a more accurate feel of how people feel” about golf carts in Viera.

“It (the poll) gave people an opportunity to be more vocal on this issue and be anonymous,” she said.

In one of the posts on the website, Frank Lauria of Sonoma wrote: “Viera is NOT a golf cart community rather a ‘wanna-be’ golf cart community. There’s no infrastructure outside of the widened paths of the villages only. Real golf cart communities like Peachtree City in Georgia have the infrastructure. Charging stations, dedicated parking lots, pathways widened all the way to your destination. Viera doesn’t have that nor does it even come close. Once you leave the villages, you’re breaking the law. Those sidewalks you take to the Avenue are not widened to the specified requirements the entire way.

“It’s just a fallacy Viera residents think boosts their community value by allowing $5K golf carts zipping around. I had a golf cart. It was fun, convenient but not so much to be so convicted over must having them at the sake of safety and nuisance of them tearing up the sidewalks and grass surrounding them. Thousands of dollars have been spent trying to prevent them from cutting corners on sidewalk turns. Installations of boulders and plants to stop it. All costs money.”

During an Aug. 9 presentation at the GolfCarts Unlimited store at The Avenue Viera, Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy John Martinez explained that golf carts can be used on neighboring streets within Suntree and Viera, but are not allowed on roads having a posted speed limit above 30 miles per hour. In addition, golf carts can be used on sidewalks designated as multi-use sidewalks shared by pedestrians, non-motorized conveyances, such as bicycles, and golf carts. Such designated sidewalks typically will be adjacent to major roads and are identified by special signs.

Other Brevard County golf cart rules and regulations include:

Golf cart speed limit is 10 miles per hour on multi-use sidewalks.

No golf carts are allowed to ride on the new Interstate 95-Viera Boulevard overpass.

Golf cart operators must be at least 14 years old.

Golf cart users must follow all traffic regulations applicable to motor vehicles.

Golf cart passengers are limited to the number of seats and must be seated in the position intended.

Golf carts are prohibited on Wickham Road, the Pineda Causeway, Viera Boulevard, Murrell Road, Stadium Parkway, Lake Andrew Drive, Tavistock Drive and Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

Golf carts shall not be used from sunset to sunrise or during periods of rain, smoke or fog — unless equipped with functioning headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.

“All golf carts are required to stop at crosswalks and look both ways before moving,” said Robbie Rosenberger, the chief financial officer for GolfCarts Unlimited.