Get ready to hear a lot more of this noise in Jacksonville soon:
That’s the sound of a golf cart, which city residents can now drive on non-state roads. The City of Jacksonville issued its first inspection of a golf cart or UTV today at the residence of Gerald Eddy.
“It’s a good alternative for me. I use it in the yard all the time, if I’m on it, why, then I can just go do what I want to do,” Eddy says.
City Council members passed a golf cart and UTV ordinance earlier this year. Alderman Travis Richardson originally proposed the ordinance last summer, and Eddy was on board right away.
“I worked with Travis, went to most of the meetings at City Hall. I was glad to here they finally decided to do something with it. I don’t think there’s going to be a big bunch of them on the streets,” he says.
Eddy’s golf cart passed inspection. He must now fill out paperwork, return it to City Hall, and get a sticker for the vehicle.
Applications can be found on the city website, jacksonvilleil.com. A $100 fee is required. All permits will expire April 30th of each year.