For many, the Nocatee community is in St. Johns County. However, the massive development does have a portion of those communities (about 15 percent) located within Duval. It can make for some confusion when neighboring county laws are in conflict. The communities of Nocatee are all part of a Community Development District (CDD), named Tolomato. A CDD operates as a government entity much like a homeowner association but a bit more formal. During the development of Nocatee, amenities were built and common properties were established, all needing funding thru bonds and payback by assessments from homeowners. These amenities include: Splash Water Park, Nocatee Swim Club, Greenleaf Pavilion, Twenty Mile Park, Cypress Trail Park, Fitness Club, Welcome Center, Athletic Courts, Nocatee Room banquet facilities, Administrative Offices, and surrounding common areas and related parking areas, collectively called the “Amenity Complex”. The CDD Board, who are elected officials are in charge of governing and maintaining these amenities in perpetuity. As part of the CDD, some communities were built to accommodate Electric Vehicle (EV) or Golf Carts and their travel throughout Nocatee but unfortunately, those communities in Duval needed additional legislation to make them legal.
District 11, Council Member Danny Becton who represents those Duval, Nocatee communities, introduced legislation (2017-66) that set forth guidelines for the operation of golf carts within the Duval County portion of Nocatee. CM Becton call it a “housekeeping” bill, which got rid of an unnecessary regulation and makes defined areas of Nocatee a “Golf Cart Community” pursuant to Section 316.212, of Florida Statutes. The bill passed the City Council on April 11, 2017. The Tolomato CDD expects to have the proper infrastructure and signage in place for the golf carts by the end of the year.
The bill as approved, placed age limits on golf cart drivers, called for drivers to have driver’s license, and mandated safety equipment such as head lights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals. Carts without this equipment will be able to operate only during daylight hours and face other restrictions.
A golf cart operating on the roads, shall be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Golf carts cannot be driven on regular pedestrian sidewalks and all required signage must comply with the Manual of Uniformed Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards, as issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the US Department of Transportation. The CDD will be responsible for all cost of installation and maintenance of the signage.
More Information on Nocatee and their EV Amenities
Nocatee was the first planned community in Northeast Florida to be Electric Vehicle (EV) approved, providing eco-friendly alternative transportation for residents to get around anywhere within the Nocatee community. The EV paths also provide alternative transportation for residents to travel within Nocatee. For Nocatee residents, Nocatee’s EV paths are splendid examples of sustainable development, as well as a valued part of the local community for all to enjoy for many decades to come.
Electric cart paths will one day connect Nocatee neighborhoods, providing easy access to all of Nocatee’s amenities. The interconnecting trail system includes miles of multi-use 16-foot-wide pathways along with 1200 feet of bridges that will meander throughout Nocatee land.
Residents enjoy taking their EVs all around Nocatee even through Town Center drive-thrus! EV Paths weave between Town Center, neighborhoods, and amenities. Families enjoy driving through Greenway Trails. On Greenway Trails Coastal Oaks families have an even faster access point to Splash Waterpark and the central amenity hub.
Information on Nocatee can be found at:
2017-066 Exhibit 1
2017-066 Exhibit 2
2017-066-E Bill Enacted
Posted on Tue, May 30, 2017
by Carol D'Onofrio