[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Catasauqua 11-7-1977 by Ord. No. 749 (Ch. V, Part 2, of the 1962 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Remaining idle essentially in one location and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly and shall also include the colloquial expression "hanging around."
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access and shall include any public street or public sidewalk, as well as the front of and the area immediately adjacent to any school, parking lot, store, restaurant, tavern or other place of business.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place as defined in § 175-1. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to, or in whose hearing, they are made.
Whenever the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 175-2, any police officer may order that person to leave that place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this section.
[Amended 4-1-2013 by Ord. No. 1288]
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this chapter shall be fined up to $300 for each offense and the cost of prosecution and, in the event of default of payment of each fine and cost, shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than 90 days. Any person found guilty of violating an ordinance shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings.