November 14, 2017

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Potential Establishment of Golf Park Advisory Committee - (Summary & Suggested Motions)

I have scheduled time on the November 14 meeting agenda for the Board to discuss the potential establishment of a new Golf Cart Advisory Committee to assist the Board and Town staff with improvements to the Town’s golf cart program in the future. 

The Town’s golf cart program was initiated in 2011 and continues to be very popular among our residents and visitors.  There are now more than 800 golf carts registered with the Town, and golf carts represent a convenient alternative mode of transportation to and from the beach and to shopping and dining areas in Emerald Isle.  As you know, the Town strives to educate golf cart owners and operators about important safety regulations, and has also been working to expand golf cart access to areas of Emerald Isle that are geographically isolated (due to the fact that golf carts are not permitted to operate on the bicycle path, NC 58, or Coast Guard Road).  Additionally, the Town has been working to create additional golf-cart-only parking spaces near public beach access locations.

If the Board is so inclined, I would envision the Town advertising for interested volunteers to serve on the new committee.  An advertisement would be posted on the Town’s various digital platforms, and would simply request a brief email from interested individuals that states their interest in serving on the new committee.  Ideally, the new committee would consist of 7 – 10 members, and the committee could be tasked with the following activities:

  • promote the safe use of golf carts by residents and visitors,
  • serve as an advocate for golf cart owners and the golf cart program, and advise the Board on beneficial golf cart policies,
  • identify strategies to expand golf cart access to geographically isolated areas of Emerald Isle,
  • coordinate fundraising activities aimed at generating 50% of the construction cost for future golf cart paths to expand golf cart access, and
  • any other associated activities.

The new committee would generally be modeled after the Town’s successful Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  If the Board concurs, Town staff will advertise for interested volunteers during November, and the Board could consider appointments at the December 2017 or January 2018 meeting. 

Town staff will be happy to support the new committee in any way helpful, and it may also be helpful for one member of the Board of Commissioners to serve as a member of the committee or as a liaison with the committee members.

I look forward to discussing this idea with the Board at the November 14 meeting.