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Golf cart convoys could soon be legal for one coastal US town

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BIRCH BAY, Wash. (NEWS 1130) – If you’ve ever visited the sleepy seaside town of Birch Bay, you know it comes alive in the summer.

A contingent of the town’s more-permanent residents want to legalize golf carts on the main drag, and there’s a proposal to do just that. The local Chamber of Commerce says they’re waiting on a vote from the Whatcom County Council that would make it okay to motor around in the usually-electric conveyance.

“We started talking about it in the local establishments and businesses and within a few months it was this huge positive response from the comminty,” explains Billy Brown, the President of the Chamber.

If approved, the changes would mean the winding road along the bay and some of the side roads would be open to golf carts. Having a slower vehicle added to the road might cause traffic slowdowns, but Brown says there is at least one big benefit.

“It’s surely going to eliminate some of the parking issues we’re having on busy days in the summertime on the weekend.”

Brown is excited for the proposal to move forward, and he’s especially looking forward to taking his grandkids out on his golf cart if the County Council gives it the green light.

“When they come to Grandpa’s house, all they talk about is that they want to go for a golf cart ride!”

The council is welcoming public comment on the ordinance, and the vote should be on May 22nd.