Village of Mamaroneck, NY
Westchester County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Anchorage and mooring areas. Anchorage grounds for short-term anchoring and mooring areas for vessels in the harbor include the outer harbor and the inner harbor, except those areas within the fairways and channels, as shown on the Harbor Management Plan Map, used for ingress to and egress from the harbor. The Harbor Master is authorized to designate the areas within anchorage and mooring areas where individual vessels may be moored or placed at anchor, including guest vessels. No person shall moor any vessel in any area except a designated mooring area, and no person shall temporarily anchor a vessel in the anchorage grounds for any longer than 48 hours, unless specifically authorized by the Harbor Master.
B. 
Location of moorings.
(1) 
The location of all moorings in mooring areas for vessels shall be designated on a map maintained by and on file with the Harbor Master.
(2) 
No person shall moor a vessel in Mamaroneck Harbor until its location and position have been approved by the Harbor Master.
(3) 
The Harbor Master shall have authority, for reasons of safety or other documented reasons, to direct and order that the location or position of moorings be changed. Such notice shall be provided to the owner or operator of the subject vessel using such mooring and compliance shall be required within 10 days thereof. Failure to comply with such direction or order of the Harbor Master shall be a violation of this section.
(4) 
No person shall moor a vessel within a channel or within the buffer area of a channel, mooring area, or anchorage area.
C. 
Placement of moorings; qualified contractors; minimum qualifications.
(1) 
No mooring shall be placed in the waters of the harbor, except by a mooring contractor approved by the Village of Mamaroneck.
(2) 
The Harbor Master shall maintain a listing of mooring contractors approved by the Village of Mamaroneck.
(3) 
In order to be approved by the Village of Mamaroneck and to be placed on the listing noted hereinabove, a mooring contractor shall demonstrate to the Village Manager that it has the following minimum qualifications:
(a) 
Possession of equipment necessary to install and remove moorings.
(b) 
Possession of or proof of ability to obtain a mooring barge which is capable of lifting and setting moorings.
(c) 
Past experience (minimum of one year) in the installation and removal of moorings.
(d) 
Past experience (minimum of one year) in inspection of moorings.
(e) 
Proof of insurance; minimum of $1,000,000 liability insurance.
(f) 
Proof of workers' compensation insurance, should the contractor have employees.
(g) 
Proof of comparable insurance, if workers' compensation insurance is not carried by the contractor.
A. 
No person shall moor a vessel without a mooring tackle and buoy permit, nor shall any person lay any mooring tackle unless a permit is issued by the Harbor Master, and then only for the vessel specified in the permit and only at the location specified in the permit. An administrative fee shall be charged for the issuance of such permit, the cost of which shall be determined by the Board of Trustees from time to time. Such permit shall be applicable to all vessels. The issuance of a mooring tackle and buoy permit shall be evidenced by a decal.
B. 
Mooring tackle and buoy permit process.
(1) 
Any person desiring to procure a mooring tackle and buoy permit shall file with the Harbor Master a written application upon a form furnished by the Harbor Master. Such application shall state the name, type, length and registration number, if any, of the vessel. An application for a mooring tackle and buoy permit shall also include the name, address and telephone number of the owner or lessee or charterer, if any, together with such proof of ownership or right to use of the vessel as the Harbor Master may require. A company making such application shall designate an individual as its representative. The annual administrative fee, as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees, shall accompany the application.
(2) 
The Harbor Master has the authority to approve or deny each application for a permit.
(3) 
Mooring tackle and buoy permits shall be issued only to the owner, lessee or charterer of the vessel to be moored.
(4) 
A mooring tackle and buoy decal shall be issued upon the payment of an annual administrative fee as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees, for vessel moored offshore, irrespective of where moored.
(5) 
Each vessel shall be measured from bow to stern on a center line over the deck.
(6) 
There shall be a charge as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees, for the issuance of a duplicate decal to replace a lost or misplaced decal.
(7) 
Requests for a new mooring tackle and buoy permit may be filed with the Harbor Master at any time, specifying the type and size of the vessel for which mooring tackle and buoy permits are requested. After February 15, the last date for filing applications for renewal of mooring tackle and buoy permits, applications for new permits will be forwarded to those persons who have requested the same as space is available for the type and size of vessel for which mooring tackle and buoy space has been requested. Within the limits of type and size of watercraft, priority will be given in the forwarding of applications for permits in the order in which requests for such permits have been filed with the Harbor Master.
(8) 
Only one mooring tackle and buoy space shall be allotted to any one vessel.
C. 
Display of permit. The mooring tackle and buoy permit decal issued pursuant to this chapter shall be conspicuously displayed on the exterior port side of said vessel, and only on the particular vessel for which an application is on file.
D. 
Transfer of permit.
(1) 
Mooring tackle and buoy permits are not transferable or assignable from person to person or vessel to vessel, except as herein provided. Subject to the consent of the Harbor Master and upon payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees, the holder of a permit may exchange such permit with the holder of another permit so as to allow an exchange of locations between such two holders. The holder of a permit may substitute another vessel of which such holder is the owner, lessee or charterer for the vessel originally specified in such mooring tackle and buoy permit, provided that the Harbor Master approves such substitution upon written application therefor.
(2) 
In the event that the holder of a mooring tackle and buoy permit sells his vessel while the permit is still in force, he shall immediately notify the Harbor Master, in writing. The party holding such mooring tackle and buoy permit shall cause the decal to be removed prior to the vessel's delivery to the purchaser.
(3) 
It is a violation of this chapter for any person issued a permit to transfer or cause to be transferred such permit to any other person or vessel, except as outlined in § 240-14D(1). This violation shall apply to both the person so transferring and the person so receiving or benefiting from the transfer.
E. 
Renewal of permit. Priority will be given in the issuance of permits to those persons applying for the renewal of permits granted in the preceding year. The applicant shall file with the Harbor Master a renewal application for such a permit on or before February 15, or the last business day prior thereto, of the year for which the permit is to be effective. The Harbor Master reserves the right to reassign space based upon availability and size of vessel. The prescribed fee for the renewal of the necessary permit shall be paid at the time the application is filed. In the event that any permit holder fails to file a renewal application with the Harbor Master by 5:00 p.m. of the last business day on or before February 15 of the year in question, said party shall forfeit the priority for a renewal permit as provided in this section and must make a new application for any such permit.
F. 
Municipal ramp and rack fees.
(1) 
Ramp service charges, when floats and/or moorings are not utilized, shall be as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees.
(2) 
Rack fees, including use of ramp. The season fee for residents of the Village of Mamaroneck shall be as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees.
G. 
Storage of private floats. Any individual or commercial marine operator planning to store private floats in the inner harbor (east or west basin) at the end of the boating season shall adhere to the following procedure:
(1) 
A request must be filed, in writing, with the Harbor Master prior to October 1 indicating the size of the float and the owner or operator of the float. All floats must be marked by the individual or operator storing them, and certificates of insurance must be provided. These requests will be considered in the order they are received on a space-available basis.
(2) 
The Harbor Master shall review and approve all storage requests and shall determine proper placement and installation for reasons of safety and other documented reasons.
(3) 
After payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees (based on linear feet), the Harbor Master may authorize the storage of these floats.
(4) 
All stored floats must be removed prior to May 15 and may not be put in place prior to October 15.
H. 
Service floats and work floats. Commercial marine operators planning to utilize floats shall observe the following procedure:
(1) 
An application must be filed with the Harbor Master, together with the payment of the fee as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees.
(2) 
The Harbor Master shall review each request and shall, in conjunction with the marine operator, decide on the size and placement of any float.
(3) 
In no case shall the total length of a service float be more than 50 feet and the total area exceed 400 square feet, and only one float shall be permitted for each permitted operator. Work floats shall not exceed 2,000 square feet in area.
(4) 
In conjunction with said application, the applicant shall provide any additional information reasonably requested by the Harbor Master in connection with his consideration of said application.
(5) 
Should a service or work float be connected to a fixed marine structure, all other federal, state and Village permits must be obtained, pursuant to § 240-9.
A. 
Name on mooring. The name of the owner of the mooring tackle shall be permanently marked on the buoys by the mooring contractor. Winter buoys, when used, shall be similarly marked. Failure to mark the buoy(s) shall be a violation of this chapter by both the owner of the buoy(s) and the mooring contractor. In the event that it is determined that any such contractor has violated this provision on more than one occasion, and in addition to any other penalty herein provided, said determination shall be sufficient reason to remove such mooring contractor from the list of qualified mooring contractors maintained by the Harbor Master.
B. 
If a mooring buoy or winter buoy becomes a hazard to navigation, the Harbor Master may remove it, or have it removed, at the owner's expense, and hold the same until the cost of such removal is paid. In such instances, the Harbor Master, the Village or other agent of the Village shall not be responsible for loss of the mooring or mooring tackle.
C. 
Multiple vessels on mooring buoys. No person shall moor more than one vessel to any single mooring buoy, nor shall any other floating object be secured to a mooring buoy by any person without the advance permission of the Harbor Master.
D. 
In the inner harbor, no person shall fail to moor a vessel forward and aft.
A. 
All mooring tackle and buoy owners, as well as their representatives or agents, shall be responsible for compliance with all the provisions of this chapter and shall be subject to the penalties provided for any violation of this chapter.
B. 
Maintenance of mooring buoy equipment. All persons shall maintain mooring buoy equipment in good condition to prevent the moored vessel from breaking adrift and damaging other vessels and property, and endangering public safety. Whenever a mooring buoy is exchanged in accordance with this chapter, the mooring buoy tackle shall be raised and inspected before another vessel is placed on that mooring buoy. No person shall reset mooring buoy tackle found to be in poor condition until it has been made safe by the owner or his agent. This section shall apply to mooring buoy tackle which has been installed or raised and inspected during the season for which the current mooring tackle and buoy permit has been issued. Mooring buoy tackle must be raised and inspected every three years, and defective parts must be replaced.
C. 
Responsibility of owner upon expiration or revocation of mooring tackle and buoy permit. Mooring buoy tackle in a space for which a permit has expired and for which a renewal application has not been received shall be removed by the owner. If such tackle is not removed by May 1, the Harbor Master may remove it or have it removed and hold the same until the cost of such removal is paid. Mooring buoy tackle in a space for which a permit has been revoked shall be removed within 10 days of notification of revocation.
D. 
Unauthorized mooring tackle and buoys. Failure of an owner to remove unauthorized mooring tackle and buoy, including one for which no permit has been issued, may result in the owner being assessed for charges of mooring tackle and buoy removal, fined as defined in this chapter, and subjected to liability for obstruction to navigation pursuant to this chapter.
A. 
Guest mooring space permits.
(1) 
The Harbor Master is hereby authorized to assign to marinas and yacht clubs having water frontage in Mamaroneck Harbor as many mooring spaces as he shall deem necessary for the accommodation of guest vessels of such marinas and yacht clubs.
(2) 
Annual fees for such guest mooring space permits, other than those situate at a commercial facility, shall be as set forth in Chapter A347, Fees.
(3) 
Applications for renewal of guest mooring space permits shall be accomplished in the same manner as set forth in this chapter.
(4) 
Mooring spaces assigned to a marina or yacht club for guest moorings, approved by the Harbor Master, shall be marked with the name or initials of the marina or yacht club and the word "guest." No vessel shall be moored to such a guest mooring for more than seven days without the written permission of the Harbor Master.
B. 
Temporary mooring of guest vessels. Guest vessels, with the approval of the Harbor Master, may be moored at mooring buoys or tied to docks maintained by the Village of Mamaroneck or may be placed at anchor in locations approved by the Harbor Master for not more than four days without a permit. Guest vessels may be moored at mooring buoys provided by marinas located in Mamaroneck Harbor for not more than seven days, or longer if under repair or service by said marina. The mooring of vessels at mooring buoys maintained by the Village may be extended upon application, in writing, made to and approved by the Harbor Master, for a maximum of 21 days. Notwithstanding the foregoing, vessels undergoing repairs or in process of commissioning or decommissioning may be moored to a dock, pier or other structure maintained by a marina.