Golf carts on the streets of Picayune could be coming soon

On Tuesday, District 108 State Representative Stacey Wilkes came before the Picayune City Council to discuss the next steps in allowing golf carts and low-speed vehicles on certain public roads and streets within the city of Picayune.


Wilkes explained to the council that she has a bill ready to be put forward to allow the city to create an ordinance that would set the guidelines and parameters for use of the vehicles. She explained that the council needed to pass a non-binding resolution in order for her to get her bill in the state legislature in motion.


Wilkes explained that the resolution is just a step to move forward to get the bill approved, but then the council can be very specific on what is allowed where and when.

State Representative Stacey Wilkes (standing) at podium


On Tuesday, District 108 State Representative Stacey Wilkes came before the Picayune City Council to discuss the next steps in allowing golf carts and low-speed vehicles on certain public roads and streets within the city of Picayune.


Wilkes explained to the council that she has a bill ready to be put forward to allow the city to create an ordinance that would set the guidelines and parameters for use of the vehicles. She explained that the council needed to pass a non-binding resolution in order for her to get her bill in the state legislature in motion.


Wilkes explained that the resolution is just a step to move forward to get the bill approved, but then the council can be very specific on what is allowed where and when.

Police Chief Freddy Drennan said the safety of the citizens is his major concern.

“If we decide to do this, we really need to look at our city real close and decide which streets would allow for this to happen. Many of our streets are not capable of handling both vehicle and golf cart traffic.”


The council also discussed the term ‘low-speed’ vehicles and wanted to have this better define.


Tom Milar, with Picayune Mainstreet Association, said the group has been looking at this for months focusing mainly on the Historical Downtown area for use only at specific times and for special events, like the Street Festival.


Milar also said the ordinance would need address residential areas and should prohibit use on commercial and state roadways.


The council voted to approve the resolution presented by Wilkes in order to move her bill forward. The city will now have to begin putting together an ordinance to work in unison with the bill from the legislature.

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