Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence 1-16-1962 as part of Ord. No. 184.[1] Sections 65-10, 65-14 and 65-15 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 60.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 140.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 144.
Seaplanes — See Ch. 154.
[1]
Editor's Note: Approved 2-19-1962 by the New York State Conservation Commissioner.

§ 65-1 Findings.

It is hereby declared and found that the operation of boats in the waterways of the Village of Lawrence and of the Town of Hempstead adjacent thereto is a matter affecting the public interest and consequently should be subject to supervision and administrative control for the purpose of safeguarding the public by means of uniform rules and regulations adopted by municipalities having jurisdiction.

§ 65-2 Applicability.

The following rules and regulations shall apply to all waters or waterways within the Village of Lawrence and any waters and waterways adjacent, to a distance of 1,500 feet from the shore, except when prohibited by the laws of the United States.

§ 65-3 Compliance with other laws.

All provisions of the Navigation Law of this state, of the inland rules enacted by Congress and governing the navigation of the inland waters of the United States and of the Pilot Rules for United States Inland Waters, applicable to Reynolds Channel or East Rockaway Inlet, and waterways tributary thereto, relative to the rules for vessels passing each other, as to lights on vessels and other matters consistent with the proper use on such waterways, shall be complied with by all vessels navigating said waterways.

§ 65-4 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOAT or VESSEL
Includes every description of watercraft or other contrivance used on or capable of being used as a means of transportation in water and in air.
OWNER
Includes the person under whose name the vessel was last registered with the United States Coast Guard or the New York State Department of Conservation, Division of Motor Boats, and, in any other case, the last known owner.
WATERWAYS
Includes main channels, cross channels connecting with them, anchorages, mooring areas, basins and bathing areas within the territory specified in § 65-2.

§ 65-5 Discharge of toilets. [1]

Discharging of toilets is prohibited in the waters of Bannister Creek, Crooked Creek, Brosewere Bay and Post Lead and waters tributary thereto.
[1]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 162, Sewers and Cesspools.

§ 65-6 Dumping wastes. [1]

Dumping of oil, refuse, garbage or waste in the waters described in § 65-2 is prohibited.
[1]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 106. Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse.

§ 65-7 Mooring and anchoring.

A. 
Boats shall not moor or anchor in any waterway except at the edges thereof, and in no case shall vessels moor to or anchor within 50 feet of any channel marker or so as to interfere with the full use of the channel. Any vessel which becomes a menace to navigation or unseaworthy or sinks, grounds or becomes otherwise disabled shall be removed by the owner or person in charge thereof on order of the Board of Trustees or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof. If said boat is not removed after an order to so remove it, it may be removed by or at the direction of the Board of Trustees, or any duly authorized officer of agent thereof, at the expense of the owner or person in charge of said vessel.
B. 
Boats shall not moor or anchor so as to endanger the safety of or cause damage to any boat previously anchored or moored nor so as to interfere with the mooring of any boat previously laid down. Any boat so moored or anchored shall be removed by the owner or person in charge thereof on order of the Board of Trustees or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof. If said boat is not removed after an order to so remove it, it may be removed by or at the direction of the Board of Trustees or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof at the expense of the owner or person in charge of said vessel.
C. 
No vessel or boat shall be moored on any waterway so that such vessel or boat, or any part or projection thereof, extends into the waterway more than 1/4 of the width of such waterway, as measured between the mean low waterlines along the waterway at the point or place that such vessel or boat is moored.
D. 
Subsection C above shall apply only to such points or places along the waterways within the Village wherein said waterway is less than 100 feet in width as measured from the mean high waterline at the point or place to the closest point or place along the mean high waterline of the opposite bank, shore or bulkhead.
E. 
At such points or places along the waterways within the Village where slips or basins have been cut or excavated into the adjacent upland, the computations of distances between mean low waterlines and mean high waterlines shall be made from the extensions of the mean low waterlines and mean high waterlines in front of the uplands immediately adjoining and adjacent to the slip or basin.

§ 65-8 Additional regulations in Bannister Creek Yacht Basin.

Any boat or vessel using the Bannister Creek Yacht Basin maintained by the Village of Lawrence shall, in addition to the rules and regulations provided by this chapter, comply with the rules, regulations and ordinances of the Village of Lawrence now or hereafter in force specifically applicable to such Yacht Basin.

§ 65-9 Safe operation.

A. 
Every person operating a boat shall at all times operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and at such a rate of speed as not to disturb the reasonable comfort or endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person or so as not to interfere with the free and proper use of the waters of said channel.
B. 
Throwing up a wake which is dangerous to the life and limb of a person, boats or other property is also prohibited by this chapter.

§ 65-10 Speed limit.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
No boat shall be operated at a greater speed than four miles per hour in the territory described in § 65-2. The term "speed" shall mean the speed of a boat as measured in slack water in statute miles.

§ 65-11 Waterskiing and aquaplaning.

Waterskiing, aquaplaning or similar sports are hereby prohibited in any four-mile-per-hour speed zone and in any anchorage, mooring area, boat basin or bathing area.

§ 65-12 Mufflers required.

No person shall operate a boat propelled wholly or partly by an engine operated by gas, gasoline, naphtha, diesel oil or other substance without having the exhaust from the engine run through a muffler or so controlled by the introduction of water into the exhaust pipe or line as to muffle the noise of exhaust in a reasonable manner.

§ 65-13 Powerboat racing.

The racing of power-driven boats of any type is prohibited unless written permission shall have been received from the Board of Trustees and from the Town Board where such Board has jurisdiction. The application therefor shall state the time and place of the proposed race or races, the types of boats participating therein and the type and kind of race to be conducted.

§ 65-14 Enforcement.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
The Police Department of the County of Nassau is hereby empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and every person in charge of the vessel navigating or using the waters and waterways within the territory specified in § 65-2 shall at all times obey the lawful orders of the members of the Police Department. The members of such Department shall have the right to stop any vessel navigating or using said waters and waterways for the purpose of enforcing this chapter.

§ 65-15 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988; 9-11-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine up to a maximum of $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.