SURF CITY — Motorists in Surf City might have to share the roads in town with golf carts.
The Surf City Town Council on Sept. 3 agreed to hold a public hearing next month on whether to allow golf cart operators to drive throughout the town.
Co-interim Town Manager Joey Rivenbark said town council is considering the matter because of regular requests from property owners to be allowed to drive the carts on the roadways.
“We have calls weekly about golf carts,” he said. “We want to be as safe as we can be. Everything would be abided by the law.”
The town is drafting an ordinance that would require golf carts be street-legal, which means a cart has to have working signal lights, windshield wipers, be insured and operated by a person with a valid drivers license.
Under the proposed ordinance golf carts must be inspected by the town’s police chief and issued an annual sticker to be operated in the town. Town officials are discussing a sticker fee of anywhere from $15 to $25 a year, Rivenbark said.
“They would be able to drive anywhere the speed limit is 35 and under,” he said. “Everything on the island is 35.”
Golf carts would only be allowed to be driven on roads, not sidewalks.
Rivenbark said town officials have been discussing potential rules with other towns that allow golf carts on roads, including Carolina Beach.
Surf City council members will hold a public hearing on the matter during their Oct. 1 meeting.
In other business, the council unanimously approved the site plans for Cape Fear Community College’s planned Surf City satellite campus.
College officials have said they hope to break ground and begin construction of an 11,950-square-foot building late this fall with courses beginning no later than winter 2015.
The Alston W. Burke Campus will be built on a 24-acre site off of N.C. 210.
CFCC currently offers adult continuing education classes at the Surf City Community Center, the college's only location in Pender County for nearly a decade.
"This is good, clean economic development for Surf City," Mayor Zander Guy said. "This is going to happen. We look forward to the day we put that key in the door and open her up."