Sebastian Golf Carts Using Handicapped Spaces At Stores

Handicapped parking for golf carts in Sebastian.
Handicapped parking for golf carts in Sebastian.

SEBASTIAN – Many people have noticed lately that golf carts are occupying the handicapped spaces in certain areas in Sebastian, particularly in the Winn-Dixie parking lot near Barefoot Bay.

This has been a topic of debate among residents because some carts don’t have a handicapped placard or indicator on them.

Regular vehicles that park in these spaces are required to have a placard hanging from the mirror, a decal, or a special handicapped license plate.

We decided to ask Commander John Blackledge of the Sebastian Police Department about this topic. Can golf carts use handicapped spaces at the grocery store? Do they need a handicap sticker?

“Yes and yes. If the golf cart is legal to get to that location, then they can use the handicapped with proper decal or tag,” Blackledge said.

Golf carts have to meet the same requirements as vehicles to occupy the handicapped spaces.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.