Town of Swansea, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Swansea as Ch. 5, Art. I and Art. III, of the 1988 Revised General Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
All motor boats shall (except when prevented by a narrow channel or when approaching or leaving the shore or other boats or passing under bridges or rounding sharp bends) keep at least 150 feet distance from anchored or moored boats, piers, rafts, or the shore.
B. 
In all such cases the speed of such motor boats shall be reduced to head way speed, so as to provide full visibility and control, and prevent their wash from being thrown into, or causing excessive rocking to other boats, barges, aquaplanes or other devices being towed by power.
C. 
The operator of a towing boat shall be responsible for compliance therewith.
The Town will not be responsible or liable for stolen property, loss of goods, or any act of vandalism to property, or injury to persons.
There will be no drinking of alcoholic beverages in any parking area at the Town beach including the ramp. This includes the outside or inside of any vehicle.
No breaking of glass on the roadway, in the parking lots, and/or at the ramp shall be allowed. No dumping of one's personal trash in the receptacles shall be allowed. This does not include leftover picnic supplies used at the picnic area.
All violators of this chapter will be subject to arrest.
No person shall use the ramp or access road for any purpose unless first obtaining a permit from the board of selectmen or its designee.
A. 
The fee for the launching permit shall be $3, payable on receipt thereof, to Massachusetts residents only. Out-of-state residents shall pay $3 per launching or $15 for an annual permit.
B. 
Each permit so issued shall be effective for the calendar year during which it shall have been issued.
C. 
Each launching permit shall be numbered, one number on the ticket to present and matching number on the ticket to be retained by the department.
Every launching permit shall be numbered and contain on its face, the registration number of the motor vehicle or vehicles and the identifying registration number or other means of identification of the boat and trailer to which it applies, the name of the person to whom issued and his address. All residents' permits shall be visibly affixed to the right front window of the towing vehicle.
Each launching permit shall apply to a single boat. Any person launching more than one boat shall have in his possession a launching permit for each boat so launched.
Only authorized vehicles shall be allowed access to the ramp or parking area therefor.
All vehicles shall back into designated parking spaces before locking their vehicles to ensure easy access upon leaving.
No person shall park a motor vehicle or trailer or boat on ramp or access road so as to obstruct.
All boats brought to the ramp area shall be launched forthwith so that everyone may enjoy the facility.
The launching area shall be marked with signs.
No vehicle shall go beyond the paved surfaces.
All rules and regulations will be adhered to by those securing launching permits. Anyone violating these rules and regulations will be asked to leave and the permits issued to such person will be revoked, and the monies paid will not be refunded. If a resident of the commonwealth is in violation, his right to use the ramp will be revoked after his notification by mail.
No person shall swim within 100 yards of the boat launching ramp on the northeasterly side of the peninsula.
All persons using the boat launching ramp and access road shall carefully avoid any possibility of polluting the area with oil or fuel leaks or other contaminants.
Rowdy, disorderly groups will be asked to move on or leave the area.
Illegally parked cars or towing vehicles will be tagged and towed at the owner's expense.