[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Garden City 10-5-1967 as Ord. No. 5.14 of the Revised Unified Code of Ordinances; amended in its entirety 12-16-1971 and 6-16-1977 by L.L. No. 2-1977. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To stand, lounge, congregate 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 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 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, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter, or, in the case of a minor, not owned by or under the control of his parent or guardian.
- 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 or group of persons to loiter at, on or in a public place or a place open to the public in such manner:
As to interfere with, impede or hinder the free passage of pedestrian or vehicular traffic; or
As to interfere with, obstruct, harass, curse or threaten or do physical harm to another member or members of the public; or
That by words, acts or other conduct it is clear that there is a reasonable likelihood to result in a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct or to cause annoyance, inconvenience or alarm or to create a risk thereof.
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, as defined herein, at a public place or place open to the public and to fail to obey the direction of a uniformed police officer or the direction of a properly identified police officer not in uniform to move on, when not to obey such direction shall endanger the public peace and safety.
Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit orderly picketing or other lawful assembly.