Island residents seek restoration of golf cart use
A way of life many Gwynn’s Island residents have been accustomed to for decades has come to a sudden halt.
Last month, residents received a notice from the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office advising them that driving a golf cart on public highways is a violation of state law and those driving them will be subject to ticketing.
Since that time, island resident Roger Rose, also a member of the Gwynn’s Island Civic League, took it upon himself to circulate a petition to see just how many residents wanted to continue using their golf carts on island roads if permission weresought to do so.
Since Rose began circulating the petition, he said he has received 281 signatures. Of those, he said 268 people were in favor of using the golf carts on the island, while 13 people were against. The petition, he said, was circulated over a period of seven days for a total of 45 hours.
“The only purpose of the petition was to see if there was enough support on the island to have VDOT look at the feasibility of golf cart usage on Gwynn’s Island,” he said.