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A tale of two golf cart ordinances

Starr’s Mill High School students may get help from Fayette Commission; public opinion sought on unifying golf cart ordinances to make traveling easier

The Fayette County Commissioners are asking all golf cart owners and prospective cart owners in the county to attend the Aug. 15 Board of Commissioners meeting.

“As Fayette County continues to move toward becoming the nation’s first countywide multi-use path network provider, the necessity to interconnect the ordinances and requirements of the various jurisdictions is becoming more important. The situation is especially acute along the Peachtree City and unincorporated county border,” according to a news release from Fayette County Clerk Floyd Jones.

“For Starr’s Mill High School students interested in riding a golf cart to school, the circumstances get really confusing. Unlike their counterparts at nearby McIntosh High School whose specially designed parking lots fill up with hundreds of golf carts daily, the students at Starr’s Mill face a different set of regulations because the school is located in the unincorporated county,” JOnes said.

“Unlike the sophomores and some juniors at McIntosh who drive themselves to school on a golf cart and back home after sports practice or other after-school activity with a learner’s permit, the Starr’s Mill students are not allowed to drive a cart under the ordinances in the unincorporated county because they must be licensed drivers,” Jones said.

“The irony of it all is that the driving age was changed in the Peachtree City ordinance because a Starr’s Mill student living in Peachtree City complained about the age limitations, but the students from her particular school still cannot drive golf carts to class with learner’s permits,” said Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

In the past, interested parents from Ashley Forest, Brandon Mill, Brechin Park, Breckenridge, Brierfield, Farrington, Goza Woods, Highgrove, Horseman’s Run, Jefferson Woods, Millpond Manor, The Chimneys, The Landings, Vickery Lane, Wellington, Whitewater Creek, Woodcreek, The Preserve, Timberlake and New Haven subdivisions have contacted the county on creating better golf cart access for high school students going to Starr’s Mill.

All parents are invited to see the presentation given by high school intern Jason Girolami and offer their views as well.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the County Administrative Complex at 140 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville.

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