The Okaloosa County Commission on Tuesday could schedule a public hearing on Jan. 21 to consider an ordinance that would establish a new golf cart district.

CRESTVIEW — A large section of the unincorporated area of Wright soon might become golf cart-friendly.


The Okaloosa County Commission on Tuesday could schedule a public hearing on Jan. 21 to consider an ordinance that would establish a new golf cart district.


The potential territory is bounded by Carmel Drive and a portion of Racetrack Road to the north, James Lee Road to the east, Echo Circle and a part of the Cinco Bayou waterway to the south and an area just east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the west.


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Currently, golf carts are allowed to be driven on low-volume county roadways within certain neighborhoods, such as in the vicinity of Rocky Bayou Country Club in the Niceville area and Lake Lorraine in the Shalimar area, according to county Public Works Director Jason Autrey.


The potential golf cart area is within commission district four, represented by Commissioner Trey Goodwin. He said residents in other areas where golf carts can be driven have told him they enjoy using the carts to visit neighbors and businesses.


"I was looking at our district and realized there is no such area" that allows the carts to be driven, Goodwin said Friday.


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He said he lives in the potential new golf cart district and would like to join his neighbors in being able to drive a cart there.


"I would use it as an alternate mode of transportation," he said.


Among other rules in the possible ordinance, carts would be allowed on many Wright-area streets with a posted speed limit of 25 mph or less. They would not be permitted, however, on the state-maintained Beal Parkway and high-volume county roads such as Carmel Drive, Mayflower Avenue, Denton Boulevard and James Lee Road.


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The city of Fort Walton Beach lets golf carts be driven in the downtown business and entertainment district and the Elliot Point, Ferry Park and Kenwood neighborhoods.


Tuesday’s commission meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in the county courthouse in Crestview.


The potential public hearing on the possible golf cart ordinance would take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 during the commission’s meeting in the County Administration Building in Shalimar.