Retirees protest rule against golf carts on public road

| 8/18/2005

The residents of an Ocala, FL, retirement community are fuming about losing their right to drive – to the golf course, that is.

The problem stems from Southwest 80th Avenue, which divides the On Top of the World retirement village from the newly built Candler Hills golf course.

The problem, however, is that golf carts are not allowed on public roads in Ocala, making it impossible for the retirees to drive to tee time.

However, after receiving complaints from residents in the retirement community, city officials are proposing an ordinance that would allow the carts – with proper safety equipment – to operate on specially designated public roads.

“We’re bisected by Southwest 80th and this gives the county the opportunity to adopt an ordinance that allows travel between On Top of the World, Candler Hills and Indigo East,” Ken Colen, president and chief executive for the community, told the Ocala Star Banner.

An official with the Marion County Commissioner’s office told Land Line that Southwest 80th Avenue is in a residential area, and is not a designated trucking route.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer