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Tryon considers allowing golf carts

Published 1:20pm Monday, August 26, 2013

Tryon commissioner Wim Woody asked if Tryon could restrict it to just the White Oak apartment area. He said he would not be in favor of having golf carts downtown.

Commissioner George Baker agreed. He said he doesn’t see golf carts on Main (Trade) Street. Baker said Tryon has trucks going on Main Street where if they put on their brakes at Owens Pharmacy they wouldn’t get stopped until they got to Stott’s Ford.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with any place except Main Street,” Baker said.

Business owner Kim Nelson asked if the town could allow golf carts on Trade Street after business hours.

Council decided to do more research on the idea and draft an ordinance for the town’s next meeting. Other ideas were that golf carts be allowed everywhere within town limits except for on Trade Street, but carts could cross Trade Street in order to get to, for example, Pacolet Street and into Gillette Woods.

A public hearing would be required prior to the town enacting an ordinance.

Saluda enacted a golf cart ordinance in 2007 as well as a golf cart disclaimer of liability. Saluda allows golf cart use on any city street as long as the speed limit is 30 mph or less and golf carts must be registered and display a sticker obtained at city hall in order to travel within the city limits.

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