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Crisfield Council Holds First Reading For New Golf Cart Ordinance

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CRISFIELD, Md.- The green light for golf carts on city streets in Crisfield moved one step closer Wednesday. Crisfield's City Council held the first of two formal readings for the new golf cart ordinance at Wednesday nights council meeting. 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 253 earlier this year giving the crab capital the green light to operate golf carts on city streets. Crisfield City Manager, Rick Pollitt said the city's golf cart ordinance may boost tourism. 

"It's getting to be more and more of a tourist town, this is the type of thing that will improve our marketability. It will be a real convenience for people that come to town without any other means to get around," Pollitt said. 

Penny Eddy visits Crisfield often and said she thinks having golf carts to get around will be an attraction for people to Crisfield.

"I think it will help because transportation, I think for tourist is a big problem. If they stay in a motel or something they will want to get around," Eddy said. 

The new ordinance will only allow golf carts to be driven on city streets in Crisfield, state roadways are off limits, for now. Pollitt said there will be several rule-of-the-road people must follow for driving golf carts. For example, having a valid driver license, obeying the speed limits, and having a city issued permit. 

"There's going to be an education period for people to learn what they can and can't do, but ideally at the end of the day it's going to be a much more convenient atmosphere for people who need to get around," Pollitt said. 

Pollitt said all golf carts driven on city streets will have most safety features seen on vehicles. Penny said she looks forward to the new experience. 

"I would love it. If I came to visit, I would like it because I like to look at things and people like to look at the town and the old houses around, because there are a lot of really old houses around here," Eddy said. 

City officials expect the first golf carts on city streets around the beginning of November in Crisfield. 

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