By Deputy Jeff Merry and Chief Karen Ryan, Security Patrol

The Sun City Center Security Patrol will be having its annual Golf Cart registration event in September.  The event will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015, Friday, September 11, 2015, and Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The registration will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

The registration is available for all golf cart owners in Sun City Center, including King’s Point, Courtyards, Sun Towers, Freedom Plaza, and Villages at Cypress Creek. Access to the registration is from Rickenbacker Drive and Valley Forge Drive.

Chief of Patrol, Karen Ryan said there were two factors why the Patrol is holding a golf cart registration in the summer. “We want to give a jump start to our year-round residents for early access to have their golf carts inspected. Secondly, and more important, we found golf carts that were registered prior to 2012, may not be in our system and should be re-registered,” Ryan said. “Prior to 2012, registrations were hand-written and are either illegible or missing. Currently, each golf cart owner’s, address and phone number is entered into a database that HCSO Deputies have access to. We encourage golf cart owners with registration decals that have four or more numbers be re-registered.”

HCSO CRD Deputy Jeff Merry said, “I recommend residents have their golf carts registered with the Security Patrol. The Patrol decals decrease the chance of a cart being stolen and if recovered we can return it to the owner.”

Golf carts may also be inspected during the registration if the owner requests it. Inspections include safety measures such as brakes, horn, signals and tires.

Ryan said there will be additional golf cart registrations when the part-time residents return. She and Fred Fiedler, Chair of Golf Cart Registration Committees, are looking at the possibility of holding registrations at Freedom Plaza and Courtyards. “I plan to meet with CA President David Floyd to request we conduct one registration at Community Hall for those who do not wish to cross SR674. Hopefully, we can hold that in February,” Ryan said.

On Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., during the golf cart registration, The YES boys will hold a car wash. The YES Boys is an organization that helps troubled young boys by steering them away from crime. While there is no charge for the car wash, donations will be gratefully accepted. They will wash golf carts, also.

No registration reservations can be made and is on a first come, first serve basis. Assisting the Patrol’s golf cart registration event are HCSO, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sun Towers, and the SCC Chamber of Commerce. For additional information on the Patrol’s golf cart registration, please call the Security Patrol at 813-642-2020.