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City of Rehoboth Beach, DE
Sussex County
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A. 
No vehicle of any type or description shall be operated, maintained or parked on the Boardwalk of the City at any time or for any purpose, except as authorized by written permit issued by the City Manager in accordance with this article.
B. 
Motorized wheelchairs —any self-propelled vehicle which is incapable of a speed in excess of eight miles per hour and which is designed for, and used by, a handicapped person — are permitted to be operated on the Boardwalk.
C. 
Bicycles, tricycles and any other vehicle propelled only by human power may be operated or maintained on the Boardwalk at any time during the calendar year, except from and including May 15 to and including September 15, when riding such vehicles shall be allowed on the boardwalk during the morning daylight hours from daybreak to the time of 10:00 a.m.
D. 
In cases of emergency or upon certification from a doctor authorized to practice medicine in this state that, for medical reasons, it is desirable or necessary, or both, for a person to operate a bicycle, a tricycle or other vehicle propelled only by human power on the Boardwalk, the City Manager may grant permission and extend the hours during which a bicycle, a tricycle or other vehicle propelled only by human power may be operated on the boardwalk. The City Manager shall impose such other conditions as necessary to protect the public safety.
Vehicles necessary for those doing work within or on buildings fronting on the boardwalk may be issued a permit by the City Manager. A permit may contain any conditions the City Manager deems appropriate.
The applicant shall submit a written application containing the following information:
A. 
Owner of the vehicle and the owner's address.
B. 
A description of the vehicle, including the loaded weight of the vehicle.
C. 
The property where the work will take place.
D. 
The reason why it is necessary to operate, maintain or park the vehicle on the Boardwalk.
E. 
The date(s) and time(s) that the applicant wishes to operate, maintain or park the vehicle on the Boardwalk.
F. 
Proof of insurance.
G. 
A signed statement that the applicant acknowledges that he will be financially responsible for repairing any damage to the Boardwalk caused by operating, maintaining or parking the vehicle on the Boardwalk.
H. 
Any other information required by the City Manager.
A permit shall be issued for a limited period of time and shall be related to a specific project. No permit shall be issued for a repetitive activity such as delivery of merchandise.
A. 
The City Manager shall not issue a vehicle boardwalk permit unless he has made the following determinations:
(1) 
The applicant has reasonably represented the request.
(2) 
The vehicle does not exceed the load rating established by the City Engineer for the area of the Boardwalk where the vehicle will be operated, maintained or parked.
(3) 
The request will not unreasonably interfere with pedestrian movement.
(4) 
The applicant has a reasonable need to operate, maintain or park the vehicle on the Boardwalk and that alternatives to operating, maintaining or parking the vehicle on the Boardwalk are impractical.
B. 
The City Manager may attach any conditions to the permit he deems necessary, including but not limited to time-of-day restrictions, date restrictions, barricading requirements, access point and mitigation measures to be taken by the applicant.
The fee for a vehicle boardwalk permit shall be $25.
No person shall make any false statement in an attempt to obtain a permit to operate, maintain or park a vehicle on the Boardwalk.
No person shall fail to comply with any condition contained in a permit to operate, maintain or park a motor vehicle on the Boardwalk.
Any person who operates, maintains or parks a motor vehicle on the Boardwalk, with or without a permit, that causes damage to the Boardwalk shall be financially responsible for repairing such damage.
The following are exempt from this article:
A. 
Vehicles owned by the City of Rehoboth Beach.
B. 
Vehicles of any emergency service, including but not limited to police, fire and EMS when operated in response to an emergency situation.
C. 
Vehicles of a public utility, when servicing equipment on the Boardwalk, that have been previously approved by the City Manager.
D. 
Vehicles of the State of Delaware or the United States of America.
Any permit issued pursuant to this Article shall be subject to suspension or revocation by the City Manager by reason of violation of any provision of this article.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined for the first offense not less than $100 or more than $200, and for a second or subsequent offense shall be fined not less than $200 and shall pay the costs of prosecution.