[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Operation of Vehicles on Lake George
Article II Vessel Regulation Zone
[Adopted 6-26-1980 by L.L. No. 6-1980]
[Amended 10-7-1985 by L.L. No. 8-1985]
No mechanically propelled vessel shall be operated on the waters of Lake George within the hereinafter-defined restricted area at a speed exceeding five miles per hour.
[Amended 10-7-1985 by L.L. No. 8-1985]
The "restricted area," as referred to in § 143-1, shall be that area of the waters of Lake George located within 1,500 feet from the entire shoreline of Lake George located within the Village of Lake George.
The violation of any of the provisions of this article shall constitute an offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment for a conviction of first offense; by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment for conviction of a second offense committed within a period of 18 months; by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 180 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment for conviction of a third or subsequent offense committed within a period of 18 months.
The Mayor of the Village of Lake George may authorize the holding of regattas, boat races, water-ski shows or similar events on any navigable waters, within the restricted area. He shall adopt and may, from time to time, amend regulations concerning the safety of vessels and the passengers and other persons thereon, either observers or participants. Whenever a regatta, boat race, water-ski show or similar event is proposed to be held on such waters, the person in charge thereof shall, at least 15 days prior thereto, file an application with the Mayor for permission to hold such event. The application shall set forth the date and location where it is proposed to hold such event, and it shall not be conducted without authorization of the Mayor in writing. A copy of the regulations adopted pursuant to this section and of any amendments thereto shall be filed in the office of the Mayor of the Village of Lake George and in the office of the Department of State. A copy of such regulations shall be furnished by the Village of Lake George to any person making due application therefor. Nothing contained herein shall exempt such applicant from complying with the provisions of § 34 of the Navigation Law of the State of New York.
[Adopted 9-15-2003 by L.L. No. 4-2003]
Legislative intent. The Village of Lake George, in exercise of its police power, has the authority and is charged with the responsibility of enacting local laws to promote the public health, safety, welfare and quality of life for its residents and visitors. Integral to the promotion of such public health, safety, welfare and quality of life is insuring proper development and protection of lands adjoining the waters of Lake George. It is necessary from time to time to enact new local laws, and amendments to existing local laws, to meet changing circumstances which may threaten to impact such public health, safety, welfare and quality of life.
Jurisdiction basis. The Village of Lake George hereby establishes a vessel regulation zone pursuant to authority granted by § 46 of the Navigation Law of the State of New York.
This section applies to an area extending 1,500 feet from the shoreline of the Village of Lake George into the waters of Lake George.
With the exception of existing vessels operated by licensed facilities, no vessel, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) shall be operated within said one-thousand-five-hundred-foot zone which does not meet minimum Environmental Protection Agency standards and Department of Environmental Conservation standards. Any such grandfathered vessels which are being replaced shall comply with these requirements.
There shall be no more than 12 fireworks shows in any one calendar year.
Commercial sale of fuel for boats is prohibited, except by licensed fueling stations.
Existing fueling stations are deemed grandfathered, but no further fueling stations shall be permitted.
All fueling pumps, lines and apparatus located over water are prohibited and any such existing pumps, lines and apparatus shall be removed within one year from adoption of this regulation. Any fueling stations located on land, within the zone, and within 50 feet of the shoreline shall have retractable hose lines and nozzles.
No personal watercraft, as hereinafter defined, shall be operated within the vessel regulation zone after December 31, 2005. "Personal Water Craft (PWC)" is defined as any vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sifting or standing inside the vessel.