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Beach Reg


Chapter 12.12

SEAPOINT AND CRESCENT BEACHES*

Sections:
12.12.010       Definitions.
12.12.020       Disorderly conduct.
12.12.030       Vehicular use—Parking restrictions.
12.12.040       Public indecency.
12.12.050       Littering.
12.12.060       Disturbing topography.
12.12.070       Drinking.
12.12.080       Animals.
12.12.090       Fires.
12.12.100       Entering upon saltmarsh.
12.12.110       Windsurfers prohibited.
12.12.120       Jet skis prohibited.
12.12.130       Selling prohibited.
12.12.140       Camping prohibited.
12.12.150       Hours of operation.
12.12.160       Beach closure.
12.12.170       Enforcement and penalty.

*       Prior history: Prior code §§~9-21—9-29, 9-31—9-33 and 9-35 as amended by Ords. 8-90, 3-97 and 4-03.

12.12.010       Definitions.
        As used in this chapter:
        “Animal” means and includes any living creature that is not a human but excludes any animal used for a guide or sight-seeing dog.
        “Authorized vehicle” means vehicles of the municipality of Kittery, state of Maine, or any public service corporation vehicle, ambulance or emergency vehicle.
        “Camping” means the use of a tent or other temporary structure.
        “Crescent Beach” means and includes all land bounded within the following: south and east by the Atlantic Ocean, northerly by the saltmarsh and Seapoint Beach and westerly by other owners.
        “Dangerous weapon” means any firearm or other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, whether animate or inanimate, which in the manner it is used or is intended to be used is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. If the person intentionally presents, in a covert or open manner, a thing as a deadly weapon, it shall be presumed that the thing is a deadly weapon.
        “Firearm” means any weapon, either loaded or unloaded, which will expel a projectile by the action of an explosive and includes any such weapon commonly referred to as pistol, revolver, rifle, gun, machine gun or shotgun. Any weapon which can be readily made into a firearm by the insertion of a firing pin or other similar thing in the actual possession of a person is a firearm.
        “Motor vehicle” means any self-propelled vehicle not operative exclusively on tracks and includes snowmobiles and motor-driven cycles including motorcycles and mopeds.
        “Owner” means any person, firm or corporation holding title to a vehicle or having exclusive right to the use thereof.
        Seapoint Beach. “Seapoint” means and includes all land bounded within the following: on the south and east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the land now or formerly of Albert Kerr, on the west by the saltmarsh, other owners and the easterly edge of Cutts Island Road. Seapoint Beach shall include that area known as Thaxter’s Point. (Ord. 7-03 (part))
12.12.010
12.12.020       Disorderly conduct.
        No person shall engage in disorderly conduct within Seapoint or Crescent Beach. Disorderly conduct as used herein shall include but not be limited to the making of loud and unreasonable noises; the activating of any device or explosive substance which releases noxious or offensive odors; knowingly accosting, insulting, taunting or challenging any person with offensive, derisive or annoying words or gestures, or other physical conduct which would in fact have a direct tendency to cause a violent response by an ordinary person in the situation of a person so accosted, insulted, taunted or challenged. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.030       Vehicular use—Parking restrictions.
        A.      No person shall drive or park any vehicle or motor-driven cycle other than an authorized vehicle on Seapoint or Crescent beaches, shore or bank. No bus shall be operated, driven or parked anywhere within the area defined as Seapoint and Crescent beaches.
        B.      The parking lot at the end of Seapoint Road immediately adjacent to Seapoint Beach is restricted to vehicles bearing valid Kittery solid waste stickers. This restriction does not apply to vehicles enumerated in Section 12.20.010(A) and (B) of Chapter 12.20.
        C.      Parking is allowed on the south side of Seapoint Road from its intersection with Thaxter Road a distance of five hundred fifty (550) feet in an easterly direction, subject to the following restrictions:
        1.      All vehicles must be parked off the paved roadway surface;
        2.      May 15th to September 30th, inclusive, parking is limited to vehicles bearing valid Kittery solid waste stickers or seasonal permit stickers;
        3.      October 1st to May 14th, inclusive, parking is allowed without stickers.
        D.      Tagging and/or towing of violators is utilized to enforce the parking restrictions in subsections B and C above.
        E.      The Kittery Municipal Office Issues.
        1.      Solid waste stickers for residents and non-resident property taxpayers. There is no cost for the initial sticker.
        2.      Seasonal permit stickers for active military personnel stationed in Kittery and residing in military housing. There is no cost for the initial sticker.
        3.      Seasonal permit stickers for non-residents not listed in subsections (C)(1) or (C)(2) above. A total of one hundred (100) permits are available at a cost of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) per permit, issued on a first come, first served basis.
        All permits must be affixed in the manner set forth in Section 8.04.040(D) of Chapter 8.04. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.040       Public indecency.
        No person shall engage in public indecency within Seapoint or Crescent beaches. As used in this chapter, public indecency shall be defined as set forth in Title 17-A, Section 854 of the Maine Criminal Code. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.050       Littering.
        No person shall throw, drop, deposit, discard or otherwise dispose of litter within Seapoint and Crescent beaches except in a litter receptacle. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.060       Disturbing topography.
        No person shall remove, molest, injure or otherwise damage anything natural or physical within Seapoint and Crescent beaches. This provision is not intended to regulate the removal of seashells and driftwood, seaweed and scientific samples. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.070       Drinking.
        No person shall drink or consume any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented or other alcoholic beverage, or combination of liquors and mix liquors upon Seapoint and Crescent beaches. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.080       Animals.
        No domestic animal shall be allowed within Seapoint or Crescent beaches except that dogs, while under the control of their owner or keeper, are allowed on Crescent and Seapoint beaches at times other than between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 15th through September 10th of each year. This limitation shall not apply to guide or Seeing Eye dogs when used as such. At no time shall the owner or keeper of any dog allow that dog to run at large on Crescent or Seapoint beaches or enter upon any publicly owned saltmarsh immediately adjacent to Seapoint or Crescent beach.
        A pooper scooper rule is in effect for dogs. Owners and keepers must take their dog waste with them when they leave the beaches. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.090       Fires.
        No person shall start or allow any fire to burn within Seapoint or Crescent beaches except in suitable facilities provided by the municipality or where permission has been obtained from the municipal fire chief, town forest fire warden, or their designees. A permit will not be required for the use of portable stoves which are fueled by propane gas, sterno, or briquettes. In the event that any cooking or other fire or burning herein allowed is undertaken by any person, said person before leaving such fire shall totally extinguish the same. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.100       Entering upon saltmarsh.
        No person shall trespass or enter upon the publicly owned saltmarsh immediately adjacent to Seapoint or Crescent beaches except for educational or scientific purposes and only after approval is granted by the Kittery town council or its duly designated agent(s). Requests shall be made to the Kittery town clerk, who shall refer all such requests to the Kittery town council or its duly designated agent(s).
        Public notice shall be given by locating signs conspicuously along the saltmarsh notifying the public of this limitation. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.110       Windsurfers prohibited.
        No person shall engage in windsurfing in the waters of Crescent and Seapoint Beaches between June 15th and September 10th of each year except in those areas duly authorized and designated by the Kittery town council. Public notice of such designated areas shall be conspicuously posted in the beach parking lot or other conspicuous place or places. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.120       Jet skis prohibited.
        Jet skis are prohibited on the shore or in the waters of Crescent and Seapoint Beaches.
(Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.130       Selling prohibited.
        The selling of merchandise or services is prohibited at Seapoint and Crescent Beaches.
(Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.140       Camping prohibited.
        Camping is prohibited from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
(Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.150       Hours of operation.
        A.      Seapoint and Crescent Beaches are closed to the general public between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., May 15th to September 30th, inclusive.
        B.      The Kittery solid waste sticker parking lot adjacent to Seapoint Beach and the nonresident parking lot are closed to the general public between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., May 15th to September 30th, inclusive, with the exception of vehicles used in their official capacity by agents or members of:
        1.      The town of Kittery;
        2.      Public utilities;
        3.      Emergency services; and
        4.      Contractors providing service to or on behalf of the above.
        C.      The owners or operators of any vehicles found in violation of this subsection will be summoned and the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense, as provided in subsection A of Section 10.12.040. (Ord. 7-03 (part))

12.12.160       Beach closure.
        The town manager is authorized to close the beaches to bathing when quality testing determines the water to be unhealthy for humans. The enforcement and penalty portion of this chapter does not apply to this section. (Ord. 13-05 (part))

12.12.170       Enforcement and penalty.
        This chapter is enforced by the Kittery police department. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter commits a civil violation for which a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) may be adjudged. For a violation of Section 12.12.030, there shall be a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). All penalties recovered shall accrue to the benefit of the town. (Ord. 13-05 (part); Ord. 7-03 (part))



 

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