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Town of Rock Hall, MD
Kent County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Rock Hall 8-6-1981 by Ord. No. 81-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 89.
Noise — See Ch. 155.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 159.
It is the purpose of this chapter to prevent loitering by individuals or by groups, the use of vulgar language and vulgar behavior on the streets, sidewalks, in public parks and in the residential, business, commercial and industrial areas of the Town of Rock Hall.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Groups of one, two or more persons and/or individuals hanging around, loafing, spending time idly, using loud or vulgar language, being unruly and boisterous and/or obstructing entranceways to residential areas and recreation areas.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person and/or persons to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle alone or in consort with others on the public sidewalks, public parks, streets, alleys and curbs. It shall be unlawful for any person and/or groups of persons (groups, for the purpose of this chapter, meaning one or more persons) to hang around, use loud or vulgar language, be unruly and boisterous and/or obstruct any entranceways to a store, homes, driveways, business places or the public streets, sidewalks, public parks and curbs or to hinder and impede or lend to hindering and impeding the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians in the Town of Rock Hall.
[Amended 12-5-1996 by Ord. No. 96-08]
B. 
Commercial/industrial premises.
[Amended 12-5-1996 by Ord. No. 96-08]
(1) 
It shall be unlawful for any person and/or persons to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle alone or in consort with others on or in any place of business or commercial and/or industrial premises in the Town of Rock Hall without the consent of the owner and/or operator.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful for any person and/or persons to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle alone or in consort with others, be on or in any place of business or commercial or industrial premises after its normal hours of operation without written consent of the owner and/or operator.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person and/or persons to loiter within 150 feet of any establishment selling alcoholic beverages.
D. 
Any person and/or persons who, when requested by a police officer to leave a premises, refuses to do so shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter and therefore guilty of a misdemeanor.
Any person and/or persons violating any provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $500 for any one offense or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both fine and imprisonment.