Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Development regulations — See Ch. 102.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 170.
[Adopted 5-24-1948 by Ord. No. 4-1948]

§ 63-1 Requirements.

From and after the effective date of this article no store, shop, restaurant or other place of business in Ventnor City shall have in said premises any bagatelle, pinball or roulette game or machine of a like nature, unless said premises shall conform to and observe the following requirements:
A. 
The room in which said machine is installed shall have not less than 10,000 square feet of floor space for each machine installed.
B. 
The premises in which such machines are installed shall be provided with a solid floor covering without seams, joints or cracks, so that it may be readily cleaned with water.
C. 
All machines installed shall be so placed that they may be seen in their entirety from the sidewalk on which the premises abut.
D. 
Separate toilet facilities shall be provided for male and female patrons which shall be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times and shall be connected directly with the room in which said machines are contained and separated therefrom only by a solid door or a door provided with opaque glass.
E. 
The floor of the room in which said machines are maintained shall be thoroughly washed at least once daily with water which has been treated with an approved germicide preparation.
F. 
The room in which such machines are maintained shall be provided with not less than four exits for use in case of fire or other casualty, which exits shall be kept free and clear of obstruction at all times.

§ 63-2 Purpose and exemptions.

[Amended 10-24-1996 by Ord. No. 9612]
A. 
This article is for the sole purpose of ensuring the health and safety of the patrons of establishments where persons congregate for the playing of games of the character herein set forth.
B. 
Nothing in this article shall apply to recreational facilities owned, operated and under the control of the City of Ventnor City.

§ 63-3 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating the provisions hereof shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Judge of Ventnor City, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment in the City or county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Adopted 9-13-1948 by Ord. No. 8-1948]

§ 63-4 License required.

From and after the effective date of this article, no person or corporation shall operate or permit to be operated in his, her or its place of business any automatic music box, juke box or any mechanical device of a similar nature requiring the insertion of a coin or token, unless a license shall have first been obtained therefor.

§ 63-5 Applications for licenses; information specified on license.

Applications for licenses shall be made to the City Clerk, and no license shall be granted until the fee herein prescribed shall have been paid. Every license shall specify by name the person or corporation to whom it is issued and the location at which it is to be operative.

§ 63-6 Fees.

The fee for all licenses issued for the period between the effective date of this article and July 1, 1949, shall be $35 for each machine. Thereafter, licenses shall be issued for a period commencing on July 1 and ending on the succeeding July 1, and the fee therefor shall be $50 for each machine, which fee shall be due and payable on July 1 of the year for which it is issued.

§ 63-7 Transfer of licenses restricted.

No license provided for herein shall be transferred from one person to another for a machine at a location different from that for which the license was issued, and no license shall cover the operation of a machine at any place other than that for which it was issued. In case of a transfer or sale of the business, the purchaser shall notify the City Clerk of such change before he shall operate a machine under the original license.

§ 63-8 Purpose of fees.

The fees herein imposed are for revenue.

§ 63-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not in excess of $1,000 or to imprisonment in the City or county jail for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, for each violation. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.