[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Chesapeake Beach 7-16-1998 by Ord. No. O-98-99 (Ch. 35 of the 1997 Town Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
- To stand around or remain, or to park or remain parked in a motor vehicle, at a public place or place open to the public and to engage in any conduct prohibited under this chapter. "Loiter" also means to collect, gather, congregate or to be a member of a group or a crowd of people who are gathered together in any public place or place open to the public and to engage in any conduct prohibited under this chapter.
- PLACE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Any place open to the public or any place to which the public is invited and in, on or around any privately owned place of business, private parking lot or private institution, including places of worship, cemeteries or any place of amusement and entertainment, whether or not a charge of admission or entry thereto is made. It includes the elevator, lobby, halls, corridors and areas open to the public of any store, office or apartment building.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any public street, road, or highway, alley, lane, sidewalk, crosswalk or other public way, or any public resort, place of amusement, park, playground, public building or grounds appurtenant thereto, school building or school grounds, public parking lot or any vacant lot.
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter at, on or in a public place or place open to the public in such manner so as to:
Interfere, impede or hinder the free passage of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Interfere with, obstruct, harass, curse or threaten or to do physical harm to another member or members of the public.
Cause, by words, acts or other conduct, a reasonable likelihood of a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct to result.
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter at a public place or place open to the public and to fail to obey the direction of a uniformed police officer, Town Code Enforcement Officer, or a properly identified police officer not in uniform, to move on, when not to obey such direction shall endanger the public peace.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit orderly picketing or other lawful assembly.
A violation of any provision or requirement of this chapter shall constitute a municipal infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of $50 per occurrence. No person shall be charged with a violation of this chapter unless and until the officer has first warned the person of the violation and such person has failed or refused to stop such violation.