City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-16; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
It is unlawful to moor a vessel within the harbor of the City without first obtaining a permit from the Harbormaster.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-21; Ord. of 2-17-1998(2); Ord. No. 2000.21, 5-2-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
(a) 
Applications for mooring permits must be filed with the City no later than March 15 of the current year. Permits are valid for a one-year period, from March 15 of the current year to March 14 of the following year. Applications shall be made on forms prescribed by the Harbormaster. Applications that are filed after the deadline shall be subject to mooring allocations made to persons applying prior to the deadline date. There shall be a late fee of $50 applied towards any application for a mooring permit which is received after March 15 of the requested year.
(b) 
Mooring permits shall specify:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner of the mooring;
(2) 
The type of mooring (see Section 74-78);
(3) 
The kind of ground tackle or block used;
(4) 
Whether the mooring has been inspected, and when;
(5) 
The location of the mooring;
(6) 
The name, draft, size and kind of vessel to be moored; and
(7) 
The year the vessel was manufactured.
(c) 
A permit for a mooring is valid for the period from March 15 of the current year to March 14 of the following year and must be renewed annually.
(d) 
A mooring that is not used for any consecutive three-month period between May 1 and September 30 shall be presumed to be abandoned, and the Harbormaster may allocate that mooring location to any other person in accordance with this article.
(e) 
The Harbormaster shall maintain a waiting list for areas in which no more vessels can be safely moored, showing the priority of each applicant.
(f) 
Under the direction of the Harbor Commission, the Harbormaster shall maintain charts showing the location of all assigned moorings.
(g) 
The Harbor Commission may set the form of the mooring permit and renewal applications.
(h) 
The annual application fee for the waiting list for moorings shall be $10 which shall be applied against the mooring permit fee as a credit the year the mooring is placed.
(i) 
A granted mooring permit or renewal fee shall be $125.
[Amended 9-2-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.85]
(j) 
All funds collected as a result of this section shall be considered designated revenue for the sole purpose of the execution of this division and the promotion of marine related facilities in the harbor.
(k) 
No vessel is allowed to moor between December 1 and April 1 without written permission of the Harbormaster.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-17; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
(a) 
Moorings in each area shall be assigned by the Harbormaster in a manner to comply with the federal requirements that moorings falling within the scope of federal navigation projects must be managed in the general public interest and must be accessible and available to all on equal terms.
(b) 
The Harbormaster shall establish a management system for assignment of moorings using the following standards:
(1) 
The system shall make no arbitrary distinction or requirements of any kind in allocating use of moorings except as may be consistent with the purpose of which any federal navigation project concerning or relating to moorings as constructed or undertaken.
(2) 
The system shall not result in arbitrary fees or arbitrary variations in fees among users. The cost of providing necessary management and ancillary facilities and services with respect to moorings may be offset through equitable user fees based on the actual costs incurred.
(c) 
Information pertaining to moorings shall be readily available to the public at all times.
(d) 
The Harbormaster shall designate an area in each harbor which shall be for the mooring of commercial fishing vessels properly equipped to lobster, gillnet, longline, and/or trawl. This designated area must comply with the Army Corps of Engineers' mooring allocation guidelines. This would be done by establishing a separate waiting list for noncommercial and commercial fishing vessels.
(e) 
The Harbormaster may at his discretion allow mooring of noncommercial fishing vessels within the designated commercial fishing vessel area provided it does not preclude a commercial fishing vessel as listed in this section from being moored in that area.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993; § 26-18; Ord. No. 2000.55, 7-5-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
(a) 
Mooring transfers permitted by ordinance in accordance with State Statutes M.R.S.A., Sec. 3-A, as amended, as follows:
Any mooring assignment used for commercial fishing purposes may be transferred only at the request or death of the assignee, and only to a member of the assignee's family and only if the mooring assignment will continue to be used for commercial purposes as described in Section 74-78, Assignments, Subsection (d), which reads: "The Harbormaster shall designate an area in each harbor which shall be for the mooring of commercial fishing vessels properly equipped to lobster, gillnet, longline, and/or trawl."
For the purpose of this section, "member of the assignee's family," means an assignee's parent, child or sibling, by birth or adoption, including a relation of the half blood.
(b) 
Persons having moorings as of March 20, 1989, in a given location who apply for a permit for their moorings by September 1, 1989, shall have priority for that location as against other persons with the same or lower priority under Section 74-78. This section shall not apply to rental moorings unless, prior to March 20, 1989, a federal mooring permit has been granted to that individual. Failure to have a federal permit prior to March 20, 1989, shall terminate any rights that individual has in a mooring or moorings and that individual must comply with the provisions of Section 74-78.
(c) 
Subject to the provisions of Subsection (a), persons awarded permits shall have priority for that location as against other persons with the same or lower priority under Section 74-78, provided that the mooring is not abandoned and that the owner files timely applications every year to renew the permit.
(d) 
Moorings for vessels over 50 feet may, at the discretion of the Harbormaster, be assigned only in noncongested areas.
(e) 
In assigning moorings, the Harbormaster shall maintain channels and access to piers, wharves and docks.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-19; Ord. No. 2000.21, 5-2-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
(a) 
All moorings shall be of sufficient size and weight, with chain or rope in sound condition, to properly secure the moored vessel, and the float attached to the mooring line shall be of sufficient size and buoyancy to remain afloat when not attached to the vessel. Each mooring float shall be marked with the number of its assigned permit in permanent legible numbers not less than three inches high.
(b) 
All moorings shall be inspected by the Harbormaster or a qualified mooring inspector not less than every other year by June 30.
(c) 
The Harbormaster may, at his discretion, cause a mooring to be hauled for inspection at any time at the owner's expense if the mooring has not been inspected in accordance with this division or the Harbormaster has reasonable cause to believe the mooring is unsafe.
(d) 
All moorings are required to meet the following minimum standards. These are minimum standards only. The Harbormaster may require heavier tackle based on the mooring location.
[Amended 2-19-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.7]
Boat Length
(feet)
Boat Weight
(pounds)
Block Weight
(pounds)
Chainlink Size*
(inches)
12
500
350
3/8
20
1,500
750
3/8
25
5,000
1,200
1/2
30
8,000
1,800
5/8
35
12,000
2,500
3/4
40
3,200
1
(1) 
The length of the heavy chain (from the mooring block to the light chain or rope) shall be equal to the depth of the surrounding water at mean high water. *It is recommended that the chain be grade 30 or better.
(2) 
The length of the light chain or rope (from the heavy chain to the mooring ball) shall also be equal to the depth of the surrounding water at mean high water.
(3) 
The length of the pennant (line from mooring ball to bow chock or cleat of the vessel) shall be equal to 1 1/3 the vertical distance from the water to the box chock or cleat of the vessel.
(4) 
All mooring lines shall be nonfloating.
(5) 
A mooring float shall meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations; a white ball with a blue stripe.
(6) 
A mushroom anchor or helix mooring anchor is permitted with the approval of the Harbormaster.
[Added 9-2-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.86]
(7) 
A sealed tag shall be installed by the inspector identifying mooring and date of inspection.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-20; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
Moorings shall be prohibited in all channels of Biddeford Harbor.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-25(a), (b); Ord. No. 2000.21, 5-2-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
(a) 
The Harbormaster is authorized to remove, at the owner’s expense, any unauthorized mooring or any mooring that has been determined to be unsafe. Prior to removal, the Harbormaster is required to provide notification to the owner of the mooring in accordance with Section 74-85.
[Amended 2-19-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.7]
(b) 
The Harbormaster is authorized to hire a contractor to pump out any boat found to be taking on water that is secured to a licensed mooring, but no more than twice in a thirty-six-hour period. All those not paying fees for such work within 60 days will lose their mooring privileges for the remainder of the permit time and not be granted a new mooring permit until the contractor is paid for the cost of pumping and/or salvage. This applies only to boats for which the owner cannot be located and/or has failed to take immediate action. Any contractor authorized by the Harbormaster to pump or salvage a vessel shall seek reimbursement only from the vessel owner or other liable parties but shall not have an action against the City for such costs.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-25(c); Ord. No. 2000.21, 5-2-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007; amended 2-19-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.7]
(a) 
No lobster traps or fishing gear shall be set within 100 feet of a mooring or in a channel.
(b) 
Lobster traps and fishing gear shall be identified in accordance with state statute. Fishing gear not covered by the statute shall be identified with the owner’s name, address and phone number.
[Added 2-19-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.7[1]]
All designated temporary structures are to be removed from the water for the period of December 1 through April 1 unless prior written permission is obtained from the Harbormaster.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Section 74-84, Mooring sticker required, as amended.
[Ord. of 4-20-1993, § 26-22; Ord. No. 2000.21, 5-2-2000; Ord. No. 2007.11, 3-6-2007]
The Harbormaster is responsible for enforcement of the provisions of Division 4 of this chapter.
(a) 
On the first violation relating to any mooring, the Harbormaster shall issue a written warning to the owner of the mooring, if the name and address can be reasonably ascertained.
(b) 
For a second or subsequent violation of this division or for failure by the owner of a mooring to correct a violation within 15 days after being issued a warning to correct a violation of this division the owner shall be penalized by a minimum fine of $100 to a maximum fine of $2,500. Penalties shall be assessed through a process in district court.
(c) 
The Harbormaster may remove any mooring that is in any channel or that otherwise obstructs navigation, or that remains in violation of this division; provided, that a written notice of its removal shall first be sent to the owner by mailing such notice by regular mail to the last known name and address. Any such removal shall be at the expense of the owner, and the Harbormaster may collect all expenses in connection with such removal in district court. The Harbormaster shall have a lien on any mooring and related tackle that is removed under the provisions of this section in order to secure any claim for expenses.
(d) 
The Harbormaster may remove any vessel, float, mooring, lobster trap, or fishing gear at owner's expense if deemed a safety hazard.