[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Longport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Beach regulations — See Ch. 61.
It is the decision of the Commissioners of the Borough of Longport that the use and operation of boats on the beaches of Longport should be limited and controlled in order to protect the safety, health and well-being of all citizens using said beaches.
The following definitions shall apply to this article:
- A vessel or watercraft capable of being used as a means of transportation on water and propelled wholly by sails or muscular power. Specifically excluded from use upon the beaches are boats or power vessels temporarily or permanently equipped with machinery for propulsion.
- To navigate or otherwise use a boat.
- A person other than a lienholder having the property interest in or title to a boat. The term includes a person entitled to the use or possession of the boat.
All rubber or canvas types of crafts and surfboards are exempted from this article insomuch as they are regulated by the Borough of Longport beach patrol regulations. Exempted craft may not be stored on the beach or street ends.
Every owner of every boat, as defined above, shall be required to obtain a license from the Borough of Longport before bringing or permitting to be brought or using any boat as herein defined on any beach or in the surf in the Borough of Longport.
All boat licenses shall be issued by the Borough Clerk of the Borough of Longport. There shall be no more than 10 licenses issued. Licenses shall be for a term of one year, from May 1 to May 1.
The Clerk of the Borough of Longport shall provide application forms for all licenses. Said forms shall provide as follows:
Applicants shall be at least 18 years of age and residents of the Borough of Longport.
The boat shall not be more than 18 feet in length, and a complete description, together with copy of bill of sale, setting forth make, number (if any), color or hull, color of sails and design, shall accompany the application.
The licenses to be issued by the Borough shall not be transferable and shall be valid for a one-year period.
Each owner shall submit to the Clerk, together with the application, a paid-up insurance policy covering liability for injury to any person or persons in the amount of $50,000/$100,000.
License number decals issued by the Borough of Longport shall be permanently painted on or attached to the side of the boat.
The boat owner's license fee hereunder shall be in the sum of $50 and shall be payable in advance.
No person shall operate or allow any person to operate any boat in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person or in violation of the rules and regulations of the Borough of Longport. The Captain of the Longport Beach Patrol will designate on which beaches boats may be stored, launched and operated during the period from May to November of any year.
Lifeboats owned by the Borough of Longport and used by the Borough lifeguards on the beaches are specifically exempted from this article.
Violation of any provision of this article shall make the party guilty thereof liable to a penalty of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500, or both. In addition to the aforementioned provisions, the Board of Commissioners may suspend or revoke the license in disciplinary proceedings. Said disciplinary proceedings are started by a three-day written notice served upon the licensee personally or sent by certified mail.