Golf Carts & Shuttles

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Transportation on Dewees Island is by electric golf cart, foot, or bicycle.

To enable mobility throughout the island while preserving its natural state, motorized private transportation on Dewees Island is solely by electric vehicles.

Approved electric golf carts and cars can only be driven on roads, public beach access paths, and private driveways. Golf carts cannot be driven off-road, on the beach, dunes, narrow docks, boardwalks, or anywhere signs are posted.
 

 

Owner Golf Carts

  • All golf carts on Dewees Island must have working headlights and brakes, be labeled with the owner’s lot number and registered with the POA. Registration decals must be displayed on the windshield.

  • Golf carts must be in good working order and operated safely and cautiously.

  • Only licensed adults can drive shuttles or POA golf carts at any time.

  • The POA Board requires the completion of an indemnification document by anyone who operates a golf cart on the island to shelter member’s liability and reduce the risk of serious injuries.

  • Golf carts charge on a deep cycle battery and need 6-8 hours for a full charge. Batteries should be maintained with fresh water and have cables checked regularly.

  • Use care in puddles and soft sand when driving along the roadways.

  • To avoid your golf cart from rusting from saltwater, spray off your cart periodically with fresh water.

  • A golf cart service area is located at Public Works with an air compressor for filling tires.

Golf Cart Parking

  • Emergency Vehicles must be able to maneuver around all roads and parking areas during an emergency situation. Golf carts must not obstruct Emergency Vehicle access on the island.
  • All golf carts parked at the front Dewees Island dock can only remain there for three (3) consecutive days. After this period of time, they must be moved to an alternative spot (an owner’s home, the Landings Building, or Public Works storage area). Due to an increasing number of golf carts on the Island, and the room at the front dock is very limited.
  • If a homeowner is leaving the island for more than 3 days, they can utilize one of the shuttle carts for transportation to the ferry immediately before departure and upon return.
  • Owners of lots (unimproved property) are permitted to park their carts at the Landings Buildings for short periods of time when using the island, but no longer than two (2) weeks. If lot owners are not returning to the island within two weeks, carts must be parked at the Public Works Storage area and utilize the shuttle carts in the same manner as homeowners.
  • Golf carts using common charging areas must be moved once the golf cart is charged to allow other owners access. Please understand that once a golf cart is fully charged, it does not keep recharging. If a cart’s batteries are in good condition, a charge should hold for a month or more. For owners who are leaving golf cart unattended for an extended period of time, it is suggested that the owner call Jimmy Small (843-568-3995) or another independent contractor and make arrangements the cart to be charged prior to arrival.
 

Towing Fee

There is a $75.00 towing fee for relocating any cart that violates the parking policies. Any golf cart left on the side of the road due to flat tire(s), mechanical or other problems for more than three days will be towed to Public Works at the owner’s expense.


Shuttles

There are four shuttle carts located at the ferry dock for owners to retrieve their cart from home.

  • Shuttle carts must be returned within the hour.
  • Only adults can drive the shuttle carts.
  • Shuttle carts are not for touring the island.
  • Shuttle carts must be plugged in after each use.​

 

Golf Cart Specs Policy

The community speed limit is 17 mph everywhere on Dewees. Electric golf carts and electric cars will only be permitted with a maximum speed capability of 25 MPH. Any vehicle capable of going more than 25 MPH must have approval in writing by the POA Board and be outfitted with a governor that limits the top speed to 25 mph.

The following maximums shall apply to all-electric vehicles:

  • Length = 148″
  • Width = 58″
  • Height = 78″
  • Weight, including batteries = 2500 pounds

Dewees expressly prohibits the use of the following types of vehicles:

  • Amphibious vehicles, such as Quadskis
  • Off-road vehicles, such as ATVs, Quadbikes and Off-road Motorcycles
  • Full-size electric cars
  • Any vehicle with a combustion engine, except as otherwise allowed for construction and POA and DUC purposes.

Young Driver Permits

  • Children aged 11 may obtain a Dewees Island golf cart learner’s permit allowing them to drive a golf cart on the island, provided that a guardian is always accompanying them.
  • Children aged 12 may obtain a Dewees Island golf cart license after a required minimum of 5 hours of driving time with a guardian and passing a written test and a driving exam with a Dewees Island Public Safety Officer.

Renting Additional Carts

Golf carts can be rented from Dewees Island POA for $50/day (rate subject to change).
To rent a golf cart, contact the Island Administrator with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

Transporting Carts to the Island and Golf Cart Registration

  • Before bringing a golf cart to the island, be sure it is approved per POA policies.
  • Lot numbers must be prominently displayed on the front and side of the golf cart.
  • All golf carts must be registered with the POA and subject to an annual $200 registration fee (subject to change).
  • Registration decals must be displayed on the windshield.
  • Some standard-sized golf carts can be transported to the island via ferry. The golf cart transported via ferry must be in good working condition (i.e., working forward and reverse controls, working brakes, etc.).​
  • A signed indemnification form is required to authorize the ferry staff to transport the cart.
  • Stretch carts and lifted carts must be transported via barge.
  • The golf cart transportation fee is $75 per cart.

Golf Cart Repairs

The POA does not endorse or guarantee specific services, but the list is provided as a guide in the interest of convenience and time.

  • KJ Pringle, Crosstown Express (732) 272-6908
  • Chad Shores, Rad Rydz (843) 343-6891