The Mission of Dunedin Goes Carting for the present and beyond:
Dunedin Goes Carting is a resident-run community group, founded in 2011 with the purpose of advocating for and expanding the use of golf carts around the City of Dunedin. Since then, as our community has grown leaps and bounds over the years, our mission has not only been to work on behalf of the carting community with regard to ordinance modernization, safety concerns and general dialogue with the City, but also to create a sense of camaraderie amongst its members. This group has primarily been organized by Eric Peterson, a long time Dunedin resident whose leadership has been responsible for a great many accomplishments.
In the fall of 2019, Eric passed the leadership role of Dunedin Goes Carting to a new group of residents, who are working together to help this organization live up to its refined mission: Continuing to represent the carting community in constructive dialogue with the City and County, further expanding the zone where carts are permitted, increasing the number of amenities available to cart owners in town and especially organizing family friendly and fun events residents can participate in with and without their golf carts. We’ve put a fresh coat of paint on our brand and our mission, and are mobilizing our group of members to create even more fun for the community and more advocacy on its behalf.
A short history of Dunedin’s Golf Cart community and notes from our original founder, Eric Peterson
We began with a small group and created the first Dunedin Christmas Golf Cart parade in December 2011. This spread the word and steadily grew each year. In 2018 we recorded 242 carts that participated and over 1100 people joined in this parade event. We now have over 2100 followers and a constantly varying number of residents that volunteer to participate in other constructive efforts, as their time allows.
Our group has provided input to the city to help gain the ability to navigate between the north and south zones of our carting region, despite the challenges put forth by State DOT. After hurricane Irma, our group volunteers assisted elder residents in clearing limbs from their yards, and helped distribute water and food to the linemen struggling to return power to our neighborhoods after a 6-day power outage.
Our dream and goal were reached. It’s 2019 and we have a thriving community that embraces and fully uses golf carts as a recreational and often utilitarian means of transportation.
Together we, the residents, changed what was once seen as only retirement community fodder into a progressive and family-friendly recreation that even our tourists are now enjoying. Today, people across Dunedin’s entire age demographic enjoy this benefit in our City. During early 2018, Dunedin Goes Carting experienced a sabbatical while we reorganized our vision and strategy.
Where we are going…
Our Charter and Rules of Engagement…