[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Chesapeake Beach as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Destruction of Public Property
Article II Disturbing Town Meetings
[Adopted 9-21-2000 by Ord. No. O-00-16 (Ch. 35, § 35-103, of the 1997 Town Code)]
It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to intentionally injure, deface, or destroy any public property, located within Chesapeake Beach. For the purposes of this article, "public property" shall include real property, fixtures on real property, or chattel, owned or leased by Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, any county of the State of Maryland, the State of Maryland or any of its agencies, or the United States federal government.
Any person or entity violating the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $500.
The application of this article shall not alter or limit the right of the owner of public property, including Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, to seek redress from any person or entity for damages resulting from the injury to said property, whether the remedy is civil or equitable in nature, and regardless of whether the remedy is provided by common law or statute.
[Adopted 9-21-2000 by Ord. No. O-00-19 (Ch. 35, § 35-105, of the 1997 Town Code)]
For the purposes of this article, the act of "disturbing" a public meeting of the Town of the Town of Chesapeake Beach shall mean any one of the following actions:
Intentionally interrupting a person recognized by the presiding officer of the meeting as "having the floor" or otherwise given the right to speak to the public body.
Continuing to violate a rule of procedure of the public body after being informed of the rule or the rule's application to specific facts.
Making threats, whether verbal or physical, towards any other person at the meeting.
Continuing to speak after being informed that the person's time allowed for addressing the meeting has expired.
Using foul or profane language after having been previously warned not to use such language at the meeting.
Refusing to be seated when directed by the presiding officer of the meeting to be seated.
Intentionally interfering or tampering with any transcription, transmission, or recording device, including but not limited to audio and visual tape recorders, cameras, microphones, speakers or other devices.
Intentionally defacing, marking, destroying, or removing from the meeting any exhibit or demonstrative evidence presented, or intended by another person or entity to be presented at the meeting.
Failing to obey a directive of the presiding officer of the meeting if said directive is designed to facilitate the progress, decorum, civility of the meeting or the safety of participants or attendees of the meeting, and the directive is made specifically to the person who failed to obey said directive, even if the directive was earlier made to all participants or observers of the meeting.
It shall be unlawful for a person to disturb, as herein defined, a public meeting conducted by the government of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, including but not limited to the regular, special or executive session meetings of the Town Council, an executive committee, a charter agency, an administrative proceeding, the Planning and Zoning Commission, or the Zoning Board of Appeals. The terms of this article shall not apply to any person serving as the Mayor or a member of the public body that is meeting.
Any person or entity violating the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to a fine of $400.