City of Long Branch, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Long Branch as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Environmental Commission — See Ch. 35.
Police Department — See Ch. 78.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 103.
Dogs — See Ch. 109, Art. I.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 134.
Littering — See Ch. 215.
Loitering — See Ch. 218.
Noise — See Ch. 235.
[Adopted 3-25-1980 by Ord. No. 979 (Ch. XXVI of the 1971 Code)]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CITY
The City of Long Branch.
DIRECTOR
A person immediately in charge of any park area and its activities and to whom all park attendants of such areas are responsible.
PARK
A park, recreation, playground, recreation center or any other area in the City owned or used by the City and devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PUBLIC SPACE
Includes locations such as the Gazebo Pier Village, band shells at West End Park and Broadway Park, Senior Center, Great Lawn, boardwalk, promenade, City parking lots and beaches.
[Added 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14; amended 7-25-2017 by Ord. No. 15-17]
VEHICLE
Any wheeled conveyance, whether motor-powered, animal-drawn or self-propelled. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of any City parks.
WILDLIFE
All animals that are neither human nor domesticated.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 28-07]
No person in any public park shall:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any building, bridges, tables, benches, railings, paving or paving materials, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
B. 
Dig or remove any sand, earth, rock, stone, tree, shrub, plant, flowers, grass, timber or log, whether standing or cut, or any other material or make any excavation by tool equipment, blasting or other means or agency or attach or cause to be attached any rope, wire or other device to any tree, plant or building.
C. 
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
D. 
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
E. 
Have brought in or shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, papers, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided; where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
F. 
Fail to observe and obey all traffic laws, including parking signs indicating speed, directions, caution, stopping, parking or no parking and all other signs posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
G. 
Park and leave a motor vehicle overnight in any area of the park.
H. 
Park a motor vehicle on park property unless the operator or owner thereof shall use or by making use of the recreation facilities of such park during the time that the motor vehicle is parked in said park.
I. 
Ride a minibike or motorized bike in or on any park or recreational facility.
J. 
Bring or have in his possession, or set off or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecracker, torpedo, rocket or other fireworks or explosives of inflammable material or discharge them or throw them into any such area from land or highway adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints.
K. 
Bring in or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters in the park except at such time, in such places and under such conditions as may be approved by the Mayor and the Council.
L. 
Enter upon ice except such ice designated.
M. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereinafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activities are prohibited by the Mayor and City Council upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
N. 
Frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated by the Mayor and City Council for such purposes for each individual site.
O. 
Allow himself to be so covered with a bathing suit so as to indecently expose his person.
P. 
Dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose.
Q. 
Fish in any waters except in waters designated by the Mayor and City Council for that use and under such regulations and restrictions as have or may be prescribed by the Mayor and City Council.
R. 
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
S. 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
T. 
No persons shall feed, cause to be fed or provide food for wildlife within the City of Long Branch on publicly owned lands.
[Added 8-10-1999 by Ord. No. 34-99; amended 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 28-07]
(1) 
Exception. This subsection shall not be construed as to prohibit humane acts towards wildlife in individual cases, such as temporary nurturing of a wounded bird on publicly owned lands.
U. 
No person shall be permitted to operate or use rollerblades, in-line skates, skates, skateboards or other similar devises in or about the following parks or any of the public walks adjacent thereto:
[Added 8-12-2003 by Ord. No. 28-03]
(1) 
Martin Luther King Memorial Park, Atlantic Way.
While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular, no person shall:
A. 
Bring alcoholic beverages or drink the same at any time, nor shall any person be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 103, Alcoholic Beverages.
B. 
All dogs and domestic animals are prohibited from all beaches, boardwalks and park property. Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at-large.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 109, Animals, Art. I, Dogs.
C. 
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
D. 
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
E. 
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Mayor and City Council he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
F. 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
G. 
Go onto park property and/or use park facilities or equipment from dusk to 8:30 a.m.
[Amended 10-14-1986 by Ord. No. 1296]
H. 
No golfing or striking of golf balls is permitted.
[Added 6-27-2000 by Ord. No. 16-00]
I. 
No person shall smoke any cigarettes, cigars or other tobacco products, including electronic or vapor cigarettes and chewing tobacco, on the beach, boardwalk, promenade or any park covered by this article at any time.
[Added 7-25-2017 by Ord. No. 15-17]
[Amended 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 12-06]
A. 
Whenever a person, organization, or other entity desires to use a park or a certain area of the park, public street or place, or quasi-public private property when the use may impact public safety or City services for a period of one day or any part thereof, or when a private event on private property is such that it may impact on public safety or City services, that person shall make application to and obtain from the City Clerk a permit for the special event, which includes, but is not limited to, a performance, show or entertainment, labor strikes, road closings, large gatherings requiring other City permits, protests or demonstrations.
B. 
All events and activities must comply with applicable state statutes and City ordinances. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain all necessary and required permits and approvals.
C. 
Applications for a special event permit shall be submitted to the City Clerk no less than 60 days before or within a reasonable amount of time to be reviewed by the Special Events Committee and approved by the Mayor. There shall be a late fee of $10 per day for applications submitted less than 60 days before the event date.
[Amended 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14]
D. 
Special event permits shall be deemed to be either:
(1) 
City-sponsored: City services paid by the City.
(2) 
City-sanctioned: City services paid by the applicant as per law and regulation and via equity account established with the City of Long Branch Finance Department.
E. 
The application shall state the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant and name and telephone number of contact person, as well as the name and number of an on-scene manager of the event.
(2) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(3) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(4) 
The portion of the park area or place for which such a permit is desired.
(5) 
A description of and purpose for the special event.
(6) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
(7) 
The anticipated charges or fees to members or persons attending.
(8) 
Any other information which the Special Events Committee shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
(9) 
A description of City equipment or services requested.
F. 
Standards for issuance of a use permit by the Special Events Committee shall include the following findings:
(1) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park or requested area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park or said area.
(2) 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(3) 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably restrict, obstruct, interfere with or impede pedestrian right-of-way, a vehicle's right-of-way, or ingress or egress from the requested or abutting property.
(4) 
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense upon the City when the event is deemed "sanctioned."
(5) 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
(6) 
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime, or disorderly conduct, nor create a nuisance.
(7) 
That the appropriate certificate of insurance, if required, is issued to the applicant naming the City as an additional insured for said place, date, and time.
(8) 
Applicant shall meet any and all requirements and conditions (fees, salary costs, public safety coverage, traffic control plans, etc.) listed on an approval permit.
G. 
Any application for a special event permit shall be accompanied by a charge of $50. Any application for a special event permit for the Great Lawn area shall be accompanied by a charge of $100.
[Added 12-31-2010 by Ord. No. 24-10; amended 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14]
[Amended 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 12-06]
A. 
The appropriate authorities shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
The appropriate authorities shall have the authority to eject from the park or said area any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
[Amended 5-14-1986 by Ord. No. 1273; 10-27-1998 by Ord. No. 36-98; 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 12-06]
A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be summarily evicted from the park, beach or other recreational area or said place, and may, at the discretion of the appropriate authorities empowered by the Business Administrator to enforce this chapter, be denied further admittance to the park, beach or any other recreational area.
B. 
At the discretion of the appropriate authorities empowered by the Business Administrator to enforce this chapter, violations of any provision of this chapter may be cause for revocation of the special events permit and termination of the event.
C. 
Any person violating any provision of this chapter may be cited by the appropriate authority and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.
[Adopted 6-8-2010 by Ord. No. 4-10]
A. 
Daily use of parks, pavilions, beaches and public spaces as previously defined.
[Amended 3-8-2011 by Ord. No. 8-11; 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14]
(1) 
Great Lawn Park and Stage.
(a) 
June 1 through Labor Day: Resident, $750; nonresident, $1,500.
(b) 
April 1 through May 31: Resident, $500; nonresident, $1,000.
(c) 
Labor Day through March 31: Resident, $375; nonresident, $750.
(d) 
Events held at this location under four hours are reduced by 50%.
(2) 
Manahasset Creek Park softball fields.
(a) 
There shall be no fee for youth City residents (for purposes of this article, a youth shall be an individual under 18 years of age);
(b) 
For adult residents of the City (for purposes of this article, where 85% or more of participants are City residents), $30 for two hours of use and $20 for each additional hour; and
(c) 
For nonresidents of the City (for purposes of this article, where less than 85% of participants are City residents), $50 for two hours of use and $30 for each additional hour.
(d) 
For nonresident youth groups and teams, $40 for two hours of use and $20 for each additional hour.
(3) 
Manahasset Creek Park turf fields.
(a) 
There shall be no fee for youth City residents;
(b) 
For adult residents (where 85% of participants are City residents), $60 for two hours of use and $30 for each additional hour; and
(c) 
For nonresident adults of the City, $80 for two hours of use and $40 for each additional hour.
(d) 
For nonresident youth groups and team, $80 for two hours of use and $40 for each additional hour.
(4) 
All other locations.
(a) 
Residents, $125; nonresidents, $250.
(5) 
Wedding events.
(a) 
Groups of 0 to 49: Local business, resident, $150; nonresident, $300.
(b) 
Groups of 50 to 99: Local business, resident, $200; nonresident, $400.
(c) 
Groups of 100 plus: Local business, resident, $250; nonresident, $500.
B. 
League use of parks and pavilions.
[Amended 3-8-2011 by Ord. No. 8-11]
(1) 
Manahasset Creek Park ball fields.
(a) 
There shall be no fee for youth City residents;
(b) 
Adult residents.
[1] 
Two hundred dollars per team, one time use per week, up to a ten-week season;
[2] 
Forty dollars per team per week over 10 weeks; and
[3] 
A refundable security deposit of $200 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(c) 
Nonresidents.
[1] 
Three hundred fifty dollars per team, one time use per week, up to a ten-week season;
[2] 
Sixty-five dollars per team per week over 10 weeks; and
[3] 
A refundable security deposit of $200 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(d) 
Youth camps. For nonresident organizations, groups or businesses, there shall be a fee of $300 per week per field Monday through Friday for up to four hours per day.
(e) 
For nonresident youth groups and teams, $30 for two hours of use and $15 for each additional hour.
(2) 
Manhasset Creek Park turf fields.
(a) 
There shall be no fee for youth City residents for league use;
(b) 
Adult residents.
[1] 
Four hundred fifty dollars per team, one time use per week, up to a ten-week season;
[2] 
Eighty dollars per team per week over 10 weeks; and
[3] 
A refundable security deposit of $200 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the turf field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(c) 
Nonresidents.
[1] 
Six hundred dollars per team, one time use per week, up to a ten-week season;
[2] 
One hundred dollars per team per week over 10 weeks; and
[3] 
A refundable security deposit of $400 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the turf field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(d) 
Youth camps. For nonresident organizations, groups or businesses, there shall be a fee of $300 per week per field Monday through Friday for up to four hours per day.
(e) 
For nonresident youth groups and teams, $50 for two hours of use and $25 for each additional hour.
C. 
All other ball fields in Long Branch for league use.
(1) 
There shall be no fee for youth residents.
(2) 
Adult residents:
(a) 
$75 per team, one-time use per week, up to a ten-week season;
(b) 
$15 per team per week over 10 weeks; and
(c) 
A refundable security deposit of $100 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(3) 
Nonresident:
(a) 
$100 per team, one time per week, up to a ten-week season;
(b) 
$15 per team per week over 10 weeks; and
(c) 
A refundable security deposit of $200 is required to be provided to the City, to be refunded only after inspection of the field by City of Long Branch officials during and after league play. If no damage or added maintenance is required as a result of the league play, the security deposit will be refunded at that time.
(4) 
Youth camps: For nonresident organizations, groups or business, a fee of $200 per week per field, Monday through Friday, for up to four hours per day.
D. 
Tournaments at Manhasset Creek Park.
(1) 
There shall be no fee for youth residents.
(2) 
For nonresident adults.
(a) 
$1,500 per-day fee for concession stand use, along with proof of insurance as required in this article; and
(b) 
$150 per team, per two-day tournament.
(3) 
For adult residents:
(a) 
$900 per-day fee for concession stand use, along with proof of insurance as set forth in this article; and
(b) 
$100 per team, per two-day tournament.
(4) 
For nonresident youths:
(a) 
$1,000 per-day fee for concession stand use, along with proof of insurance as set forth in this article; and
(b) 
$65 per team, per two-day tournament.
E. 
Trash and recycling receptacles.
[Added 5-27-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14]
(1) 
A fee of $10 per receptacles for the collection of trash and/or recycling; $175 per dumpster.
(2) 
Estimates for receptacles at events:
(a) 
Under 500: five each.
(b) 
One thousand: 10 each.
(c) 
Two thousand five hundred: 15 each.
Those wishing to utilize these City parks and pavilions must have the appropriate certificate of insurance in place, a copy of which must be provided to the City, naming the City as an additional insured, with minimum insurance coverage of $1,000,000, and as otherwise required by Chapter 247 of the Code of the City of Long Branch.