Harrison County

Golf carts have caused a ruckus on the Coast. Two more cities are joining the debate.

Are they a cheap and easy way to get around quaint downtown areas and neighborhoods, or are they dangerous? That is the debate surrounding golf carts in South Mississippi.

The usage of golf carts is becoming more prevalent along the Coast and it’s prompting several cities to examine the legality of governing golf carts.

Long Beach

Long Beach public information officer Jenny Levens said the “friendly city” is discussing the ins and outs of golf cart usage. Levens said the city’s attorney is drafting an ordinance to regulate golf carts. She said the ordinance was to be discussed during Tuesday’s meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen.

Ocean Springs

Golf carts have been a hot topic in Ocean Springs, as well. The city’s aldermen in December voted 6-1 to to pursue the legislation needed to allow golf carts and low-speed vehicles on city streets. It was up for discussion during Tuesday’s aldermen meeting. The provisions in the ordinance say that a driver of a golf cart must have a valid state driver’s license, and the carts can not exceed 30 miles per hour.

Existing ordinances

Several Coast cities already have ordinances in place. Pascagoula passed one late last year that prohibits the vehicles from being driven on the highway and other principal roadways as defined by the city, with a few exceptions.

The golf community of Diamondhead has regulations that limit golf cart speed to 20 miles per hour and can be found at the city’s website.

Pass Christian also has a golf cart ordinance.

Bay St. Louis, which has a large number of golf cart users, has been attempting to enforce regulations for a few years. SB-3055, which would regulate the usage of golf carts, died in committee in 2017.