Town of Ipswich, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Ipswich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Penalties — See Ch. 300.
Mooring fees and Town Wharf launching fees — See Ch. 320.
Noncriminal disposition of violations — See Ch. 325.
[Adopted 6-15-1961 TM, approved by State Director, Division of Motor Boats, 7-1-1961, having been referred to that agency by the Attorney General's office; amended 3-4-1974 TM; approved by Attorney General 5-10-1974 (Ch. XV, § 4, of the 1973 Bylaws)]

§ 118-1 Speed limit.

It shall be unlawful to operate or cause to be operated any motor boat or other vessel propelled by an internal combustion engine at a speed exceeding five miles per hour in any of the following waters in the Town of Ipswich:
A. 
Any area used regularly for the docking or mooring of boats or for the loading or discharge of passengers;
B. 
Any area used regularly for swimming for pleasure;
C. 
Any area within 100 feet of the edge of any public or private beach; or
D. 
Any area in which limited space or visibility cause any greater speed to be dangerous to the public.

§ 118-2 Marking of areas.

For the purposes of enforcing this bylaw, any area which has been marked by, or under the direction of, the harbormaster with conspicuous orange signs or markers, or signs lettered in orange, shall be deemed prima facie to be one of the areas described in § 118-1 hereof, but such presumption shall be subject to rebuttal by competent evidence by the defendant, in which case similar evidence by the plaintiff shall also be considered.

§ 118-3 List of speed limit areas.

The Harbormaster is directed to keep a list of all areas marked by him or under his direction pursuant to this bylaw and to make such list publicly available.

§ 118-4 Tampering with signs or markers prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to deface, alter or remove any sign or marker placed by, or under the direction of, the Harbormaster.

§ 118-5 Operation on Sylvania Dam prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to operate, or cause to be operated, any motor boat or other vessel propelled by an internal combustion engine of greater than five horsepower on any part of the Ipswich River upstream of the dam commonly known as the Sylvania Dam.

§ 118-6 Noise restrictions.

[Adopted 4-3-1989 TM, approved by Attorney General]
No craft, vehicle, boat, and/or ATV shall be operated in the Town which produces a sound pressure level of more than 78 decibels. Sound pressure levels in decibels shall be measured on the "A" scale of a sound level meter approved by the Commonwealth's Director of the Division of Marine and Recreational Vehicles. Measurements shall be made of overall vehicle noise at maximum speed at 50 feet in accordance with test procedure SAE J192 of the Society of Automotive Engineers, or in accordance with such other test procedure for measurement of sound pressure levels as the Commonwealth's Registrar of Motor Vehicles may adopt.

§ 118-7 Severability.

If any provision of this bylaw shall be declared invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue in effect nonetheless.
[Adopted 5-2-1955 TM, approved by Attorney General 10-7-1966 (Ch. XV, § 8, of the 1973 Bylaws)]

§ 118-8 Restrictions.

No person shall take the marine plant known generally as seaweed in an amount exceeding 100 pounds in weight at the time of such taking in any one day without the express written approval of the Board of Selectmen. No person shall take seaweed in any amount on Sunday.