This Week’s July 4th Golf Cart Parade

In case you missed it, six golf carts from Brookwood joined almost 200 carts from all across Nocatee for the first July 4th Golf Cart Parade. Thanks to Natalie Rooke for organizing Brookwood’s participation. This post contains close-ups of the Brookwood carts, but click here if you want to see more photos from the parade.

New golf cart path coming soon

Brookwood and other Duval County properties in Nocatee soon will have a new golf cart path to use to get to the Town Center and other communities. According to Nocatee Community Manager David Ray, a bid for the work was recently awarded, so construction will begin soon and is expected to be completed later this year.

The location of a future golf cart path in the Duval County portion of Nocatee is shown by the dotted blue line.

A bill allowing golf carts to operate in the Duval County portion of Nocatee was approved by the Jacksonville City Council in April. The bill requires golf cart drivers to be at least 16 years old and hold a valid driver’s license (or a learner’s permit when accompanied by a licensed driver). Please note that this is a change from a previously published Brookwood HOA blog post.

This and other rules of which golf cart owners should be familiar are summarized in the Golf Cart Regulations for Nocatee. Included is information on where golf carts may be driven as well as rules for driving at night.

Golf cart laws differ

The age limit for driving a golf cart in Nocatee depends on the county you’re in. The laws were outlined Tuesday night at an information session at Crosswater Hall featuring representatives from the sheriff’s offices for the City of Jacksonville and St. Johns County.

golf cart imageIn Jacksonville (Duval County), anyone age 14 and older can drive a golf cart on designated roads and trails. However, St. Johns County restrictions match those related to driving a vehicle. Therefore, golf carts being driven on the greenway trails and neighborhoods in St. Johns County must be at least 15 with a learner’s permit and a licensed driver.

With construction underway on a new trail that will make it easier for Brookwood residents to reach the Town Center via golf cart, the discussion was relevant and timely.