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ESCAMBIA CONSIDERING SCOOTERS ON PENSACOLA BEACH

Andrew McKay 02/19/20

UPDATE/CORRECTION:  The public hearing on e-scooters had been scheduled for March 5th.  Today’s vote will reschedule the public hearing for June 4th.

ORIGINAL:  At Thursday’s Escambia County Commission meeting, the Board will decide whether to proceed with a public hearing at a future time between March 5th and June 4th to consider creating a legal framework for electric scooters on Santa Rosa Island.  Some of the highlights of the proposed ordinance are as follows:

Maximum speed 15 mph
May not be operated along any street posted above 25 mph
May be used anywhere a bicycle is legal
Operation prohibited within the commercial core of Pensacola Beach
Must be sponsored by a Commercial Master Lease holder
Fees:  $500 per application, $100 per device plus $10,000 performance bond for possible damage
Removal fee of $75 per device
Total number of permitted devices yet to be determined, but total will be split evenly among all approved operators
Kickstand required
Geofenceed operation
Datasharing with SRIA required

Read ordinance here:  http://agenda.myescambia.com/agenda_publish.cfm?id=&mt=ALL&get_month=2&get_year=2020&dsp=agm&seq=17523&rev=0&ag=4486&ln=52937&nseq=17537&nrev=0&pseq=17478&prev=0#

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