PCB City Council Votes Against Golf Cart Crossing at Nautilus Street

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - As more Bay County areas become golf cart friendly, determining street access is a huge concern for golf cart drivers and people worried about safety.

This morning the Panama City Beach city council decided against moving forward with an additional golf cart crossing at Nautilus Street and Back Beach Road. The council was split on the decision, but Mayor Thomas broke the tie with his vote against the crossing.

There is only one crossing at Pier Park. Current law allows 14-year-olds to drive golf carts, which was a big concern for the council. 

"At 14 years old, I don't think you should be in charge of a vehicle to take people across a highway as busy as Back Beach Road," said Mayor Mike Thomas.

Chief Drew Whitman said there hasn't been any issues with the crossing at Pier Park and Back Beach Road. That crossing has been there for a little over 5 years. 

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