Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 8-1-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-34. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 2.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 36.

§ 53-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter shall be to:
Protect the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of Florence Township and visitors to the Township.
Protect the dock, ramp, ramp area and parking lot.
Provide for an orderly procedure for the use of the ramp and ramp area by boaters and visitors alike.

§ 53-2 Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this chapter:
A person owning a valid New Jersey driver's license which lists upon it the applicant's name and an address located within the boundaries of Florence Township.
A person owning a valid New Jersey driver's license which lists upon it the applicant's name and an address located within the State of New Jersey.
All other applicants that are neither Florence Township residents or New Jersey State residents as defined herein.

§ 53-3 Permit required.

No one shall be permitted to use the boat ramp or designated trailer parking only area without obtaining a permit from Florence Township. Applicants for a permit must provide proof of a valid registration for the boat and trailer, if applicable. If a trailer is to be used, then the permit will be assigned to the trailer. If a trailer will not be used, then the permit will be assigned to the boat.

§ 53-4 Date and time of permit.

[Amended 2-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-3]
Permits for the boat ramp and designated trailer parking area shall be issued for the period of January 1 through December 31. The ramp and parking area shall be closed to all boats and vehicles between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from March 2 to September 30 and between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. from October 1 to March 1.

§ 53-5 Fees; duration of permit.

[Amended 9-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-26[1]]
Permit fees will be charged for the use of the ramp and designated trailer parking lot in accordance with Chapter 2 of the Code of the Township of Florence.
Permits are valid only for the calendar year in which they are issued.
A resident of the Township of Florence may receive additional annual permits at no additional cost for each boat/trailer combination registered to that resident after having purchased the first permit for the year. Florence Township resident daily permits are to be purchased separately, and each permit requires payment of the daily permit fee.
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2013.

§ 53-6 Parking decals.

Upon receiving a permit from the Township, a decal shall be conspicuously affixed to the left front of the boat trailer. If no trailer is used to launch the boat, then the decal shall be conspicuously located on the side of the boat itself at the port bow.
No person shall park a vehicle which is not connected to a trailer in the areas designated for trailer parking only.
Parking shall be prohibited in the dock parking lot during those hours that the ramp is closed to the public. The Police Department shall be empowered to cause any vehicle parked in violation of these provisions to be towed away at the owner's expense.

§ 53-7 Restrictions and regulations.

Boat restrictions.
Mooring of boats shall not be permitted in the ramp or dock area so as to restrict access to the ramp or dock.
No boat shall be permitted to be tied to the municipal dock for a period in excess of 15 minutes.
It shall be unlawful to obstruct the use of the ramp and dock areas used by the public.
Boats passing within the vicinity of the dock and ramp shall do so at slow speed so as to prevent the creation of wakes which may endanger the safety and welfare of the public.
Jet ski boats are prohibited from launching from the dock.
Boat and trailer regulations. All boats and trailers using the municipal facilities must have valid registrations.
Vehicle repair. There shall be no repairing of vehicles, boats or trailers or any repair work in the parking area.
Loitering; fishing. There shall be no loitering or fishing allowed on the dock or in the ramp area.
Swimming: No swimming is permitted at any time.
Alcoholic beverages. No alcoholic beverages can be consumed in the municipal parking lot, boat ramp or dock.
Bicycles. No bicycles shall be permitted on the dock at any time.
Removal of fire hazards. Any conditions about or around a boat declared to be a fire hazard in the judgment of the Fire Official, Chief of the Fire Department or Assistant Chief shall be removed by the owner or person in charge of such boat.
Waste oil products. Waste oil shall not be deposited or disposed of into the waters of any stall or slip nor into the waters adjacent thereto.

§ 53-8 Liability.

All persons using the municipal boat launching ramp shall do so at their own risk. The Township assumes no responsibility for theft, loss or damage to any boats or motor vehicles or any equipment used in connection with them.

§ 53-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-32]
Any person who violates any one or more of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to a period of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or to a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or any combination thereof, for each separate offense. In the case of a continuing violation or violations, such penalties may be assessed for each day that the violation or violations continue unabated, until such time as the violation or violations are corrected. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.