Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 2-4-1974 by Ord. No. 2-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 61.
Boardwalk — See Ch. 79.
Boating — See Ch. 81.
Boating ramps — See Ch. 82.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 105.
Fire areas — See Ch. 117.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 170.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 171.
Sales on public beaches and boardwalk — See Ch. 173, Art. I.
Piers — See Ch. 174.
Sand dunes — See Ch. 182.
Surfing and kayaking — See Ch. 201.

§ 72-1 Establishment of paid beaches.

[Amended 6-7-1982 by Ord. No. 8229]
Paid places of resort, beaches, bathing and recreational facilities are hereby established in the City of Ventnor City for the public health, recreation and entertainment. Such places shall be located at the oceanfront upon all lands in the City of Ventnor City fronting on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as other areas specified within said City by the Board of Commissioners.

§ 72-2 Fees.

In order to provide the necessary funds to improve, maintain and police the beaches, the following fees shall be charged for such facilities:
A. 
No fees shall be charged or collected from any person under the age of 12 years.
B. 
Seven dollars per person per season shall be charged, provided that application is made to the proper authorities on or before May 31 of the bathing season.
[Amended 3-16-1981 by Ord. No. 8106; 4-3-1986 by Ord. No. 8603; 3-17-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7]
C. 
Three dollars and fifty cents for senior citizens 65 years and older per season shall be charged, provided that application is made to the proper authorities on or before May 31 of the bathing season.
[Added 4-3-1986 by Ord. No. 8603]
D. 
Fifteen dollars per person shall be charged in the event that the application is made to the proper authorities after May 31 of the bathing season.
[Amended 3-16-1981 by Ord. No. 8106; 4-3-1986 by Ord. No. 8603; 4-27-1995 by Ord. No. 9505; 10-22-1998 by Ord. No. 9820; 3-17-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7]
E. 
Ten dollars per person per week shall be charged for any week or fractional part thereof of the bathing season. Weekly badges shall be valid from 12:00 noon Friday until 12:00 noon of the following Friday.
[Amended 3-16-1981 by Ord. No. 8106; 4-3-1986 by Ord. No. 8603; 4-27-1995 by Ord. No. 9505; 3-17-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7]
F. 
Twelve dollars for the purchase of each holiday beach badge. These badges will be valid for the following summer season only.
[Added 12-20-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection F as Subsection G.
G. 
No privilege, right, badge or other evidence to use the beaches of the City of Ventnor City issued to or to be issued upon the payment of any fees provided shall be sold or leased to any person or entity by anyone other than the City of Ventnor City or its duly authorized representative. Specifically, the City of Ventnor City or its duly authorized representative shall be the sole and exclusive vendor and/or lessor of the privileges, rights and badges. It is hereby deemed unlawful for any person or entity to purchase or lease said badges from anyone other than the City of Ventnor City or its duly authorized representative.
[Added 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; amended 4-3-1986 by Ord. No. 8603]

§ 72-3 Badge required.

[Amended 4-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-13]
A. 
No person 12 years of age and over shall bathe at or otherwise use the beaches set forth in § 72-1 without first having acquired and then having in his or her possession a proper and effective badge, license or permit to use the beaches, which shall be worn conspicuously by such person during said use, so that it shall be visible at all times and shall be exhibited on demand to the Beach Inspector or other duly authorized representative of the City of Ventnor City.
B. 
Persons in active military service. Though such persons are required to display a badge, no fees shall be charged to or collected from persons in active military service in any of the armed forces of the United States or to their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12 years.
C. 
Persons who are active members of the New Jersey National Guard. Though such persons are required to display a badge, no fees shall be charged to or collected from persons who are active members of the New Jersey National Guard who have completed initial active duty training and to their spouse or dependent children over the age of 12 years. As used in this subsection, "initial active duty training" means basic military training for members of the New Jersey Air National Guard, and basic combat training and advanced individual training for members of the New Jersey Army National Guard.
D. 
Persons who have served in any of the armed forces of the United States and who were discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable and who either have served at least 90 days in active duty or have been discharged or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability (veterans). Though such veterans are required to display a badge, no fees shall be charged to or collected from such veterans. In order to obtain a badge with no fee, such veterans shall present to the Beach Tag Supervisor documentation, consistent with law and any rules and regulations promulgated by the Adjunct General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, sufficient to establish entitlement to a badge with no fee.
E. 
Records and verification. As required by law, the Beach Tag Supervisor shall maintain a list of all individuals to whom beach tags are issued pursuant to Subsections B, C and D above, including the names of all individuals and, as applicable hereunder, their family members who qualify for the beach fee exemption. The Beach Tag Supervisor shall also establish procedures for verifying that individuals and, as applicable hereunder, their family members who qualify for the beach fee exemption by presentation by those claiming the exemption of appropriate credentials demonstrating active duty or veterans status.

§ 72-4 Hours.

[Amended 4-14-1975 by Ord. No. 7506; 3-16-1981 by Ord. No. 8106]
The beaches established in § 72-1 shall be open and operated during the usual bathing season, which is hereby established on the Saturday preceding the last Monday in May until and including the Saturday following Labor Day, and the hours of operation shall be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing time, except during inclement weather.

§ 72-5 Powers of Board.

The Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized and empowered to:
A. 
Adopt by resolution, in addition to the rules and regulations herein enumerated, such other rules and regulations as may be necessary for the proper control and regulation of the beachfront and the waters adjacent thereto.
B. 
Designate by resolution the protected bathing beaches where boats and lifeguards are to be provided by the City and from which persons may bathe and swim and change or abolish the precise location of any or more bathing beaches from time to time, as safety and attending circumstances shall require.
C. 
Determine and establish by resolution the period during each year when each of the paid bathing beaches shall be opened and closed.
D. 
Employ inspectors, lifeguards and such other employees as may be necessary to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter and all rules and regulations established herein or subsequently adopted by resolution.
E. 
Purchase badges, checks or other insignia and such other supplies, materials and equipment as may be necessary.

§ 72-6 Rules and regulations.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 10-3-1991 by Ord. No. 9119; 11-21-1991 by Ord. No. 9124; 6-24-1993 by Ord. No. 9309; 8-2-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-14; 4-16-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-15]
The following rules and regulations are hereby established, and it shall be unlawful to violate any of said rules and regulations or those subsequently adopted resolutions during the bathing season or at other times if specifically provided for. It shall be unlawful to:
A. 
Bathe or swim from the beachfront except from the designated bathing beaches where boats and lifeguards are provided or to bathe or swim beyond a safe depth in the ocean as from time to time indicated or regulated by the lifeguards.
B. 
Use a surfboard or raft of any kind or description except at locations designated by the lifeguards or City ordinance.
C. 
Engage in surf fishing during bathing hours.
D. 
Fail to obey immediately all orders, directions, whistles or other signals used by the lifeguards and police.
E. 
Consume alcoholic beverages on the public beaches without proper approvals and permits from the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control.
F. 
Change clothes, dress, undress or otherwise disrobe, except for outer wraps.
G. 
Sleep on the public beaches during any time between sunset and sunrise.
H. 
Act in a loud, indecent, obscene or offensive manner so as to inconvenience others or otherwise disrupt and disturb the public peace and dignity within the beach areas defined.
I. 
Climb upon, stand on or tamper with or handle the lifeguard boats or other equipment used by the lifeguards.
J. 
Throw a bat or throw or catch a baseball, volleyball, football, basketball, softball or frisbee-type disc or engage in the playing of any games endangering the health and safety of others. This section shall not apply to the reasonable playing of catch with a soft rubber ball.
K. 
Throw, place, deposit or leave any bottles, glass, crockery, sharp or pointed articles or things, paper, refuse or debris of any kind on the beaches.
L. 
Hawk or peddle, sell or offer for sale any article, goods, wares or merchandise on the public beaches, except as permitted by Ventnor City Ordinances Chapter 173 or covered by state statute.
M. 
Park vehicles, loiter, assemble, band or crowd together so as to interfere with or be likely to interfere with the ingress and egress of others at the street ends approaching the beaches.
N. 
Drive or move any vehicle on the beach at any time during the entire year without a permit in writing issued by the Chief of Police.
O. 
Permit any dogs or other animals on the beach in front of the waters adjacent thereto or upon any public walk contained on the beachfront within the City of Ventnor City, whether said dog is leashed or unleashed, except that dogs on a leash may be permitted on the beach between October 1 and May 15 in the area of the beach washed daily by the high tide at any time and between May 16 and September 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
P. 
Start or maintain a fire or fires on the beach at any time without a permit from the Police and Fire Departments. Bonfires shall only be permitted after hours and shall comply with the Uniform Fire Code. Applications for bonfire permits shall be accompanied with a fee of $250, as well as a deposit of $500, which shall be refunded so long as the area on which the bonfire is held is cleaned after use.
Q. 
Beach parties, which shall be defined as any gathering of 15 or more persons, and shall include any of the following: the preparation of food; setup/use of tents, canopies, shelters; setup/use of tables, party decorations or live music or disc jockeys, shall be permitted on Newport and Suffolk beaches from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on all other beaches from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. only. All beach parties shall comply with the provisions of this section as well as the requirements set forth in Ventnor City Ordinances Chapter 193. There shall be no requirements to comply with the requirements of this provision on "Free Beach Party Weekends" as may be announced by the Mayor's office.
R. 
No bathing is permitted on unguarded beaches during hours of operation. Wading or bathing after hours of operation is at the sole risk of the individual.

§ 72-7 Revocation of privileges.

The City of Ventnor City reserves the right to revoke any beach privileges granted under this chapter for any violations of its provisions or other rules and regulations and to retake and impound any beach identification badge or permit which has been improperly used or obtained. Such revocation shall not preclude the imposition of any other penalties provided for such violation.

§ 72-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or any of the rules and regulations adopted hereunder shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than 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.