Town of Chesapeake Beach, MD
Calvert County
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§ 196-1 Definitions.

In this Article I, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
CAMP
To establish a temporary habitation or living arrangement, of either a permanent or temporary nature, with or without the use of a tent, camper or other artifice designed to facilitate such habitation.
MOTORIZED VEHICLE
Any device designed to provide transportation to persons or personal property which is propelled in part or in whole from a motor. A motorized vehicle shall include, but not be limited to, a car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, motorized scooter or skateboard, motorized bicycle, boat, and jet ski. A wheelchair or other similar device designed to facilitate transportation of a person with a disability or other physical impediment shall be excluded from the definition of motorized vehicle under this article.
PUBLIC PARK
An area or structure owned or operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach or another public entity and which is designed for the recreational use of the public and which is designated as a public park in this chapter. Public parks are subject to additional regulations specific to each park, as provided in subsequent articles of this chapter.
PUBLIC VENUE
An area or structure owned or operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach or another public entity and which is open to the public. The restriction of public access to specific times of the day, specific days of the week, or to specific days of the year (seasonal) shall not preclude the area from definition as a "public venue."
RESTRICTED PROPERTY
An area or structure owned or operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach or other public entity and which is not open to the public.

§ 196-2 Applicability of Article I.

The provisions of Article I shall apply to all public parks, public venues, and restricted property. Nothing in this article shall prevent the application of other regulations restricting personal conduct which are included within the Town Code of Chesapeake Beach to such areas, unless the provisions of this article specifically direct that such regulations shall not apply.

§ 196-3 Camping.

It shall be unlawful to camp within a public park, public venue or restricted property located within Chesapeake Beach. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $100.

§ 196-4 Fires.

It shall be unlawful to ignite or maintain a campfire, bonfire or cooking fire in a public venue or on restricted property. It shall be unlawful to ignite or maintain a campfire, bonfire or cooking fire in a public park other than in a receptacle which is provided for such purposes and is designated as the proper place for such fires by a sign erected by the operator of the public park. This prohibition against fires shall include fires enclosed within grills or other devices. This prohibition shall not apply to the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes or the devices used to light such smoking instruments if otherwise permitted under state law. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $100.

§ 196-5 Motorized vehicles.

It shall be unlawful to operate a motorized vehicle within any public park, public venue or restricted property except upon a street, roadway or parking lot designed for such purposes. A sidewalk, boardwalk, walkway, or stairway shall not be considered a street or roadway for which motorized vehicles are designed. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $100.

§ 196-6 Restricted areas.

Certain areas of a public park or public venue, and all areas of a restricted property, may be designated by the Town or other public entity as an area to which access by the public is restricted. Such designation shall be included on a sign to be posted at the perimeter or access point to the restricted area. For restricted areas within a public park or public venue, such restricted areas shall be described in any recitation of the rules that are distributed or posted on the property. It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to enter an area to which access is restricted unless acting under the authority of the Town or other public entity. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $125.

§ 196-7 Glass containers.

It shall be unlawful to possess glass containers in any public park. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $50.

§ 196-8 Hunting.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to hunt any wild creature, including all mammals, invertebrates, and insects, within any public park, public venue or restricted property, regardless of the means of hunting, whether by the use of a weapon, snare, trap or other instrumentality.
B. 
The prohibition on hunting shall not apply to any public official authorized to conduct such hunts, including an animal control warden, official of the Department of Natural Resources, or Town official, when such public official is removing the wild creature for public purposes or to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public. This public official exception does not apply to private individuals who have obtained a hunting license.
C. 
Hunting, as prohibited in this section, shall not include fishing or crabbing in any body of water located within or adjacent to a public park or public venue, which shall be regulated by park-specific regulations in subsequent articles, so long as such fishing or crabbing is in accordance with all necessary licenses and state laws.
D. 
Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $100.

§ 196-9 Removal of plant life.

It shall be unlawful to remove any plant life from any public park, public venue or restricted property. This prohibition on removing plant life shall not apply to any public official authorized to conduct such removals, including an official of the Department of Natural Resources or the Town, when such public official is removing the plant life for public purposes or to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public. Any person or entity violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $100.