Borough of Spring Lake, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Spring Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted by Ord. No. 276 (§ 3-5 of the Revised General Ordinances)]
No person shall use or operate or permit to be used or operated upon Spring Lake, in the Borough, any motorboat or boat or conveyance equipped with an outboard motor or any other motor whatsoever.
No person shall use or operate or permit to be used or operated upon Wreck Pond or Lake Como, in the Borough, any motorboat or boat or conveyance equipped with an outboard motor or any other motor whatsoever, unless the motor is noiseless in operation.
[Added 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 15-2004]
Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 126-1 and 126-2 above, motorboats may be used and operated on Spring Lake, Wreck Pond and Lake Como in conducting efforts under any federal or State of New Jersey permit issued by either or both agencies in connection with the humane treatment and/or control of wildlife on said waters.
[Added 9-5-2006 by Ord. No. 16-2006]
Jet skis are specifically excluded from all bodies of water.
Every person, firm, association, organization or corporation violating any provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 8-1998 (§ 14-7 of the Revised General Ordinances)]
The purpose of this article is to regulate the proliferation of rowboats, canoes and other watercraft (hereinafter referred to as boats) attached to trees, benches or poles on Borough property while at the same time providing the owners of such objects with reasonable access to adjacent bodies of water. These boats with unknown owners take up park space and make it difficult to maintain the grass in the vicinity. In addition, unattended boats without identification pose a danger for misuse by juveniles and pose additional risk of harm in the water. Further the aesthetic qualities of Spring Lake, Wreck Pond and Como Lake and the surrounding park areas are deemed to be unsightly without some regulations as to the number of said boats.
Boats shall be allowed to be stored on Borough property from April 1 to October 31 subject to regulations contained herein.
[Amended 9-5-2006 by Ord. No. 16-2006; 4-29-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-004]
Prior to anyone storing a boat at any of the three bodies of water mentioned herein, the owner shall comply with the following regulations:
Applications shall be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, after March 1 of each year. An application for registration must be filled out with the Borough Clerk and a decal obtained, which shall be placed on the boat.
In the case of a rowboat, the decal shall be placed on the stern portion of the boat, and in the case of a canoe, the decal shall be placed on the starboard aft side of the canoe.
The fee for storing the boat per season shall be $30 for residents of Spring Lake and $75 for nonresidents, payable in advance to the Borough Clerk with the filing of the registration form.
All boats shall be removed on or before October 31 of each year. Any boat remaining after said date shall be removed by the Borough employees and shall be stored at a charge to the registrant of $100 for the removal and $100 per month, pro-rated daily, which sum must be paid prior to return of the boat to the registrant and the issuance of a permit for any future year.
Borough employees, whenever they remove the abandoned boats, shall provide the Borough Clerk with a list of the decal numbers of the boats removed. Notice of failure to remove the boat from the Borough lakes shall be sent by the Borough Clerk to the registrant by mail directed to the address of the registrant as it appears on the application. If the boat is not repossessed by the registrant in accordance with the requirements of Subsection D for a period of three months, then the boat will be deemed abandoned and sold at public sale. Any sums derived from such sale will, after deduction of storage charges and expenses of sale, be remitted to the registrant.
Any boat stored at the lakes shall be located in the designated docking area(s) and secured utilizing cable or chain with padlock or combination lock. Any boat located other than in the designated areas shall be removed by the Borough and the owner will be subject to the provisions of Subsections E and F above governing the fees for recovery and storage and the abandonment and sale of such boat.
The Borough has the right to remove any chain, cable or lock in case of an emergency. If the Borough is required to remove said device, in the event of an emergency, it shall replace the cable, chain or lock. If a chain, cable or lock is required to be cut in order to remove the boat by the Borough employees after October 31 of each year, there shall be no obligation on the part of the Borough to replace the chain, cable or lock.
Rowboats shall not exceed 14 feet in size, and canoes shall not exceed 16 feet in size. Any other water craft shall not exceed 16 feet in size.
To control the number of boats, both for safety and aesthetics and to allow proper maintenance by the Borough work force, the number of boats located at each location shall be as follows:
Spring Lake: 35 boats.
Wreck Pond: 10 boats.
Como Lake: five boats.
Each owner shall submit to the Borough Clerk, together with the application, evidence of a paid up insurance policy covering public liability for injury to any person or persons in the amount of $300,000 per occurrence. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the acquisition of additional coverage.
Anyone who desires to store a boat at any of the three bodies of water stated herein, in addition to the insurance, agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Borough of Spring Lake against all loss and damage, including damage to person or property, arising from any act by, or negligence of the registrant or their friends, relatives or otherwise while engaged in the performance of this section, or while in or about the premises, or arising from accident or any injury not caused by act of the Borough. The registrant further acknowledges that the use of the boats by themselves, friends, relative or otherwise is done at their own risk.
Nothing in this article shall be deemed to require anyone who is not intending to store his or her boat overnight from using the lakes or requiring a permit to do so. Nothing herein, concerning the boat season, shall be deemed to prohibit any person who does not wish to store his or her boat overnight from using the boat on said lakes at any time throughout the year.
[Amended 4-29-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-004]
The Borough will designate authorized boat storage locations at Spring Lake, Wreck Pond and Como Lake, which locations shall be provided with each license issued pursuant hereto and which shall be identified by appropriate signage.
During the authorized boat season, boats may be stored only in the designated locations.
In addition to any other penalty provided herein, any person who violates any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to the penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty.