City of Bridgman, MI
Berrien County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgman as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-10-1967 by Ord. No. 36 (Ch. 310.000 of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances)]
The use and enjoyment of Weko Beach Park established and maintained by the City of Bridgman on the shores of Lake Michigan shall be and hereby is restricted to the following:
A. 
Persons permanently residing within the territorial limits of the City of Bridgman and the Township of Lake, Berrien County, Michigan, and members of their immediate family who make their homes with such residents.
B. 
Persons owning and paying taxes on personal or real property within the territorial limits of the City of Bridgman and the Township of Lake, Berrien County, Michigan, and members of their immediate family who make their homes with such taxpayers.
C. 
All persons categorized as falling in classifications in Subsection A or B above, after submission of proper proof thereof to the City Clerk, shall be entitled to the issuance of a season pass or sticker to be affixed to their automobile for admission to the park. Such passes or stickers shall be issued on such terms and conditions and accord park privileges only as may be determined by resolution of the City Council from time to time.
D. 
All other persons shall be admitted to the park only upon the payment of such daily park charges or fees and shall be accorded park privileges only as may be fixed and determined by resolution of the City Council from time to time.
E. 
No person shall make any false statement or false representation in his or her application for a seasonal pass or sticker.
F. 
If any person to whom a seasonal pass or sticker has been issued or any person who shall have paid a daily park fee for admission shall violate any of the provisions of this code regulating the conduct of persons in public places, such person shall be ejected from the park and if a seasonal pass or sticker has been issued such pass or sticker shall be taken up and canceled. Such permit shall not thereafter be reinstated except by order of the City Council upon application made to that body.
G. 
Organizations, clubs and groups consisting principally of residents of the City of Bridgman or of Lake Township may be granted use of the park facilities upon application to the City Clerk and approval by the City Council subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the City Council.
No person shall be admitted to the park except persons having and exhibiting valid passes or stickers or persons who shall have paid the daily park fee for admission as hereinabove provided. Stickers, passes and daily admission park tickets are nontransferable. Any person who secures or attempts to secure such a pass for another or who shall transfer such pass, sticker or ticket to any other person shall be subject to permanent cancellation of their park privileges as well as to the penalties for violation of this article.
The City, in the issuance of any seasonal pass or sticker, or by the imposition and collection of any daily park fee, shall not be charged with any responsibility and shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage to person or property suffered by such a pass holder or ticket holder or any other person or persons in their company as guests or otherwise while using or enjoying any of the facilities covered by the pass or ticket.
[Amended 4-23-1979 by Ord. No. 68]
A. 
No vehicle shall park on the premises of Weko Beach unless the owner thereof shall have obtained a pass or sticker pursuant to §§ 355-1C and D and 355-2.
B. 
Any vehicle parked in violation of this article may be towed away by the City or its designee and the cost for this towing shall be surcharged to the owner.
C. 
Further, violators of this section shall be subject to the fines in § 355-22C.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
[Amended 6-20-1985 by Ord. No. 91]
The City Council may appoint a park superintendent or park ranger who shall have general supervision of the park, including boating facilities, parking, recreation facilities, camping grounds and park employees. This person and any other authorized park employee shall have authority to enforce all ordinances, rules, or regulations pertaining to the park duties and activities, and no person shall willfully disregard any lawful order to obey these ordinances, rules, or regulations nor interfere with or hinder any employee while such employee is engaged in his assigned park duties and activities.
The City Council may, from time to time, adopt, revise and amend rules or regulations and establish fees and charges for use of the park not in conflict with the provisions of this article, to be observed by all persons using or enjoying the property, facilities and grounds referred to in this article, which rules and regulations, amendments or revisions thereof shall be printed and posted in a conspicuous place or places or posted on signs on or near the beach, grounds or facilities of the park. All such rules and regulations displayed on signs or printed and posted in the park shall be given full force and effect under the provisions of this article as though they were fully set out in this article and incorporated herein by reference.
The following acts are deemed unlawful and in violation of this article and are expressly prohibited anywhere in the park: use of profane, obscene, lewd, threatening or abusive language, fighting or quarreling, loud, boisterous, unruly or disorderly conduct, offenses against decency or good morals, carrying, taking or possession of glass bottles or containers of any kind of sort whatsoever upon the beach, littering, dumping or depositing papers, garbage, rubbish or other offensive substances anywhere in the park, except in containers expressly provided for that purpose, and the violation of any posted park rule, regulation or signs anywhere in the park.
[Amended 5-19-1980 by Ord. No. 75]
It shall be unlawful for any person to write on, cut, mutilate, deface, damage, remove, or destroy in any manner any building, equipment, structure, fountain, fence, bench or table, grill, masonry, statute, ornament, sign, sand or any other property real or personal or any appurtenances thereto owned or operated by the City and located upon or in said park, including any property on which a concession has been granted by the City, or belonging to any person and rightfully upon such park property. Blocking, jamming or obstructing any public toilet or any other improper use of any washroom facility anywhere in the park is expressly prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cut, remove, mutilate, damage or injure any trees, shrubs or plantings that are growing and located in the park.
The Park Superintendent or Ranger shall have authority to restrict the use of any recreational equipment, picnic tables and grills, so as to ensure their reasonable availability to all persons using the park and desiring to use such equipment or facilities.
[Amended 6-20-1985 by Ord. No. 91; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The use of the park shall be restricted to such hour as may be designated by resolution, from time to time, by the City Council. At the posted hour for the closing of the park, all persons within the park, except registered campers, shall immediately depart therefrom. Any unauthorized vehicles, watercraft, or trailers remaining in the park after the closing hour may be towed or hauled away, and the cost thereof, including reasonable storage fees, shall be assessed against the owner or operator of the vehicle, watercraft or trailer. Further violators of this section shall be subject to the fines in § 355-22C.
[Amended 12-22-1968 by Ord. No. 39]
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any domestic animal to run at large in the park, nor shall any dog be allowed therein except on a leash. No animal shall be lead unto any portion of the sand beach along the lake front of the park. The riding or leading of horses and other riding animals is expressly prohibited anywhere in the park area, including the roads and streets therein.
[Amended 12-7-2009 by Ord. No. 177]
All swimming and water-related activities undertaken at the beach shall be at the swimmer's own risk.
[Amended 12-22-1968 by Ord. No. 39]
A. 
No person shall at any time use any beach or dune buggy, snowmobile, automobile, truck, motorcycle or other mechanically propelled vehicle of any kind of sort whatsoever upon the beaches or in any other place of the park except on the streets, roads and parking areas therein, where such use is limited solely to registered vehicles used for providing transportation to park patrons for carrying persons or their equipment into and out of the park area.
B. 
No automobile, truck or other mechanically propelled vehicle of any kind or sort whatsoever shall be driven within the park area at a speed in except of 10 miles per hour, and no such vehicle shall be operated in said park other than with due care and caution to the safety of the park patrons.
C. 
No person shall park any motor vehicle within said park, other than within a space and area provided for parking and designated as place where parking is permitted.
No person shall operate in the park waters any motorboat, launch or other watercraft in any area other than the area designated for boats leaving and entering the boat launching area and outside the lines or buoys erected to safeguard the swimming area, or in a reckless manner or at an excessive rate of speed so as to endanger the life or property of any person in or on said waters, having due regard to the presence of other boats, water skiers, swimmers, person engaged in fishing, objects in or on person, shall operate such motorboat on said waters at the rate of speed greater than will permit him to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead. Every boat operator shall be obligated to observe all the rules and regulations for the use of boats and watercraft as shall be conspicuously posted on a sign erected at the boat launching ramp and such posted regulations shall have full force and effect as though they were fully set out herein and incorporated in this article by reference.
[Amended 11-18-1996 by Ord. No. 131]
No intoxicated person shall enter, be or remain in the park. Possession of any and all alcoholic beverages is hereby expressly and strictly prohibited anywhere in Weko Beach Park, except the Community Room of Weko Beach Park pursuant to approval granted by the City Council of the City of Bridgman or its designated agents, officers or employees.
No person shall offer or exchange for sale any article or thing, or do any hawking, peddling or soliciting, or buy or offer to buy any article or thing or take up any collection or solicit or receive contributions of money or anything of value in the park, except when authorized to do so by a permit obtained from the City Council.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 12 of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances, Hindering employees, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 6-20-1985 by Ord. No. 91.
No person shall carry or discharge firearms or discharge or set off any rocket, firecracker or torpedo or other fireworks or things containing any substance of an explosive nature in the park.
No person shall build or cause to be built any open fires anywhere in the park or upon the sand beaches along the water front. An open fire is defined as any fire not in a grill or fireplace or other receptacle constructed and provided for that purpose. Ashes and coals shall not be dumped or disposed of on the beaches or in the water.
[Amended 6-20-1985 by Ord. No. 91]
It shall be unlawful for any person using the park or camping areas to trespass upon any private property adjoining the park boundaries that is posted against such trespass without the expressed permission of the owner or caretaker of the private property.
[Amended 6-20-1985 by Ord. No. 91; 12-7-2009 by Ord. No. 177]
No violent or rough exercises or play that may endanger other persons shall be allowed on the beach.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by Ord. No. 126; 12-17-2007 by Ord. No. 167]
A. 
Municipal civil infraction. A person who violates any provisions of this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to the payment of a civil fine of $50, plus costs and other sanctions. A subsequent or repeat violation shall be subject to increased fines of $150 for the first repeat violation and an increased fine of $300 for each subsequent repeat violations, plus costs and sanctions. A repeat or subsequent violation means a second or any reoccurring violation of this code by the same person within a twelve-month period of the initial violation.
B. 
Authorized municipal officials for the purpose of issuing municipal civil infraction citations and municipal civil infraction notices under the provisions of this article shall, in addition to police officers, include the following: Park Superintendent or City Manager.
C. 
Fines:
[Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
If Paid Within
Violation
48 hours
3 to 15 days
16 to 30 days
31 days or more
Handicap violation
$150
$175
$200
$225
No boat ramp pass
$75
$80
$85
$90
No Weko Beach pass
$50
$55
$60
$65
[Adopted 1-17-2005 by Ord. No. 157]
A. 
The use of public cemeteries, public parks (except Weko Beach), public parking lots and the City Hall, which are located in, designated by, established by or maintained by the City of Bridgman, shall be and hereby are dedicated to the use of persons having business at each site or, in the case of public parks, to taxpayers of the City, their immediate family (related individuals by blood or marriage that reside in the same residence), permanent residents of the City and their accompanied guests.
B. 
Organizations, clubs and groups, consisting principally of residents of the City of Bridgman may be granted use of the park facilities upon application to the City Manager, subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the City Council.
A. 
No vehicle shall be parked, except in designated vehicle parking areas.
B. 
Any vehicle parked in violation of this article may be towed away by the City or its designee, and the cost for this towing shall be surcharged to the owner.
C. 
In addition, violators of this section shall be subject to a fine as determined from time to time under Chapter 76, Parking Violations Bureau, of the Code of the City of Bridgman, as amended.
A. 
The City Council may appoint a Park Superintendent or Park Ranger who shall have general supervision of all the parks and the park employees. This person and/or the police shall have authority to enforce all rules or regulations, pertaining to the operation, maintenance, use and enjoyment of the parks, and no person shall willfully disregard any lawful order to obey this article, or duly adopted rules or regulations, nor interfere with or hinder any employee while such employee is engaged in his assigned park duties and activities.
B. 
Cemeteries, parking lots and other public facilities shall be under the general jurisdiction of the Bridgman City Police. The police shall enforce the provisions of this article, other ordinances applicable to said areas, adopted traffic control orders, or state law applicable to public facilities.
The City Council may, from time to time, adopt, revise and amend rules or regulations for use of the public parking, parks or other public areas of the City to be observed by all persons using or enjoying the property, facilities and grounds referred to in this article, which rules and regulations, amendments or revisions thereof shall be printed and posted in a conspicuous place or places or posted on signs on the grounds or facilities of the applicable public area. All such rules and regulations displayed on signs or printed and posted in the public areas shall be given full force and effect under the provisions of this article as though they were fully set out in this article and incorporated herein by reference.
The violation of any duly adopted and posted park rule, regulation or signs anywhere in the park.
The Park Superintendent or Ranger shall have authority to restrict the use of any recreational equipment, picnic tables and grills, athletic fields, or other amenities so as to ensure their reasonable availability to all persons using the public facilities.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The use of the public facilities shall be subject to such restrictions as to hours of operation as may be designated by resolution, from time to time by the City Council based on recommendation of the Park Superintendent or Chief of Police. At the posted hour for the closing of the public area, all persons within the area, except City personnel, shall immediately depart therefrom. Any unauthorized vehicles or equipment remaining in the park after the closing hour may be towed or hauled away, and the cost thereof, including reasonable storage fees, shall be assessed against the owner or operator of the vehicle, watercraft or trailer.
No person shall at any time use any motorized vehicle, including but not limited to beach or dune buggy, snowmobile, automobile, truck, motorcycle or other mechanically propelled vehicle of any kind or sort whatsoever upon the parks or within the cemetery, except on the streets, roads and parking areas therein. No person shall park any motor vehicle within said public areas, other than within a space and area provided for parking and designated as place where parking is permitted.
No person shall offer or exchange for sale any article or thing, or do any hawking, peddling or soliciting, or buy or offer to buy any article or thing or take up any collection or solicit or receive contributions of money or anything of value in any public area, except the farmers' market as established and designated from time to time by the City. This provision shall not apply to collections or solicitations by the City or its authorized representatives for or at City-sponsored programs and events.
No person shall carry or discharge firearms or discharge or set off any rocket, firecracker or torpedo or other fireworks or things containing any substance of an explosive nature in any public areas.
No person shall build or cause to be built any open fires anywhere in any public areas, except in grills established and installed for such purpose by City. An "open fire" is defined as any fire not in a grill or fireplace or other receptacle constructed and provided for that purpose. Ashes and coals shall not be dumped or disposed, except in designated trash receptacles.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
A person who violates any provision of this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to the payment of a civil fine of not less than $100, plus costs and other sanctions. A subsequent or repeat violation shall be subject to increased fines of $150 for the first repeat violation and an increased fine of $300 for each subsequent repeat violation, plus costs and sanctions. A "repeat" or "subsequent" violation means a second or any reoccurring violation of this code by the same person within a twelve-month period of the initial violation.
Authorized municipal officials for the purpose of issuing municipal civil infraction citations and municipal civil infraction notices under this article shall be the Park Superintendent or Park Ranger and police officers.