Golf Cart Crossing
Golf carts are a popular form of transportation in Crystal River Village, a private, gated community. The city of Crystal River is looking into allowing golf carts on city streets through the rest of the municipality.

CRA to talk Riverwalk, trolley, hear crime report

Crystal River could have golf carts on its neighborhood streets by the end of this year.

City council members will vote on a motion Monday evening to allow carts within four zones divided by State Road 44 and U.S. 19, and have staff members bring forth a resolution to identify streets that need signage and modifications to incorporate the buggies.

If the council approves moving forward, it will take between two and three months to purchase and install signage and finish approving the resolutions, according to the city.

This motion came after consulting firm Kimley-Horn in July presented its findings to the council about its findings of a golf cart study.

Kimley-Horn’s study showed that golf carts are not allowed — by state law — to travel on state roads, like S.R. 44 and U.S. 19. Several streets were also designated as unsafe for carts to travel on, unless speeds were reduced.

The council does have the option to implement all or some of Kimley-Horn’s recommendations, like deciding to reduce speed limits on identified golf cart roads within the city down to between 25 and 35 mph.

Signage to warn cart drivers not to travel onto state roads is expected to cost the city $17,000.

The council will also discuss a city ordinance that is already in place to regulate who can drive a golf cart, where they can be driven and what safety features carts must have.

At an earlier meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Crystal River officials will discuss options on how to reduce costs for the second phase of the city’s Riverwalk project.

According to the city, $2.4 million has been budgeted for the Riverwalk’s second phase of construction along several waterfront properties on King’s Bay.

With construction costs projected to be roughly $3 million, members of Crystal River’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), who also serve on city council, will discuss options to cut back on the $641,000 overage.

Also on the agenda:

  • Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ryan Glaze will present the sheriff’s quarterly report on crime data within Crystal River.
  • City council will vote on a motion to approve a new policy on how the city can use its trolleys, beyond using them to transport passengers into Three Sisters Springs.
  • City council will vote on a motion to hire a professional services firm at less than $15,000 to complete the application and bid specifications for the $1.8 million project award to Save Crystal River’s King’s Bay Restoration Project.
  • City council will vote on a motion to approve a $12,182.50 purchase for a Yamaha VX Limited Jet Ski, trailer and other items that will be used by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to help patrol the waters of King’s Bay.
  • At an earlier meeting, CRA members will discuss the activities of the Crystal River Main Street program.

WHAT: Crystal River city government meetings.

WHEN: CRA meets at 6:30 p.m. today; city council at 7 p.m.

WHERE: City Hall, 123 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River.

CONTACT: (352) 795-4216 or crystalriverfl.org.

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