[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Seaside Heights 2-19-1997 by Ord. No. 97-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the safety of those who frequent our ocean beaches from the dangers created by the operation of unlicensed and improperly equipped motor vehicles upon the borough's ocean beaches for recreation. Further, this chapter is designed to protect those who would otherwise unduly subject themselves, as well as others, to the dangers created by failure to maintain a properly equipped or proper type of motor vehicle.
The following rules and regulations shall be adhered to by all those operating four-wheel-drive motor vehicles upon the ocean beach in Seaside Heights.
Anyone desiring to operate a motor vehicle on the ocean beach in Seaside Heights for recreational purposes shall be required to apply to the Seaside Heights Police Department and pay a registration fee of $15 for said registration.
The Seaside Heights Police Department may, before issuing the aforesaid registration, inspect the four-wheel-drive vehicle in order to ensure that said vehicle is properly equipped for beach use and for fishing.
Upon issuance of the aforesaid registration, the registrant may be issued a key for a locked entrance to the beach to be designated by the Police Department. In the event that the registrant is issued a key, said registrant shall be responsible for securing and locking the ramp upon entering and leaving the ocean beach area. Failure to comply with this section will subject the driver to the penalties provided by this chapter.
Upon entering the ocean beach, no vehicle shall be operated within 70 feet of the boardwalk or pier areas.
There shall be no eating, sleeping or camping on the ocean beach at any time. In addition, it shall be unlawful for anyone to deposit wastes of any type, including, but not limited to, human, animal, vegetable, mineral or otherwise, upon the ocean beach.
No person shall operate a motor vehicle of any type for any purpose other than Seaside Heights official or emergency business upon the ocean beach at any time from May 15 through September 15.
During the remainder of the year, only four-wheel-drive motor vehicles equipped for beach and fishing use shall be allowed to be operated on the beach.
During the period when certain vehicles are permitted to be operated upon the ocean beach, they shall be so operated subject to and in conformance with the following provisions of Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes:
The following acts prohibited by Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes shall also be deemed prohibited on the places of resort within the Borough of Seaside Heights:
The speed limit upon any ocean beach within the municipality shall be 15 miles per hour.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any other provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $1,000, by imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or by community service of not more than 90 days or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service, as determined in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.