Long Beach alderman to address board about golf carts

Long Beach alderman to address board about golf carts

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - In 2008, Diamondhead petitioned the state legislature to register and allow residents to use golf carts on city streets.

The request was granted when Diamondhead became a city in 2012, and now additional Coast cities are in talks to legalize the vehicles on roadways.

Bay St. Louis is currently in the process of receiving approval through the state legislators. In the mean time, city leaders and police are developing rules for the vehicles.

Currently, golf carts are not permitted on city streets in Long Beach. Ward 1 alderman Ron Robertson is set to address the board of aldermen in regards to approaching the state legislature about passing a bill.

On Tuesday's agenda is a resolution that asks the state legislature for a local and private bill authorizing Long Beach to develop an ordinance that legalizes golf carts on city streets.

Robertson says it's premature to talk about the concept. He'd like input from others before he makes an on the record statement.

Robertson did say he's heard from residents who'd like permission to use their golf carts to get around their neighborhoods. Even though Long Beach doesn't have a golf course, several residents own golf carts.

On the WLOX Facebook page, the responses were both in favor and against the vehicles.

There is no clear time line for when a law could or would be passed in Long Beach.

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