[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton 5-13-1996 by Ord. No. 96-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Swimming and bathing on the municipal beaches is hereby prohibited, and all persons are prohibited from entering the municipal beaches and the property of the Township of Knowlton contiguous to said municipal beaches for the purposes of swimming or bathing. Persons who use the municipal beaches for the purposes of swimming and bathing shall be considered trespassers and shall be considered in violation of this chapter, as well as any other law forbidding trespassing.
The Township of Knowlton hereby declares its beaches open to those persons who hold valid permits issued by the Township of Knowlton for the purposes of boat launching, fishing, boating or picnicking, subject to the following regulations, as promulgated in this chapter and specifically set forth herein:
[Amended 3-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-1]
Any and all persons utilizing the Columbia and Delaware beaches for the purpose of watercraft launching shall have in their possession a current, valid permit from the Municipal Clerk. Any and all persons utilizing such beaches for the purpose of watercraft launching shall also have attached, within plain view, to the watercraft and to the vehicle used to launch the watercraft current valid stickers from the Municipal Clerk. The Municipal Clerk shall issue a permit, a key to the gates to the beaches and a watercraft sticker and a vehicle sticker to any resident of Knowlton Township who provides the Municipal Clerk with a payment of a nonrefundable permit fee of $20, a key deposit of $15 and fills out an application that includes the following information:
The resident's name, address and phone number in Knowlton Township; and
The license plate number of the vehicle to be used for watercraft launching; and
A description of the type of each watercraft to be launched; and
A copy of any required licenses or permits needed to operate each watercraft.
Owners of licensed campgrounds located in Knowlton Township shall, upon payment of a nonrefundable permit fee of $30 and a refundable key deposit of $15 to the Municipal Clerk, obtain five dashboard identification cards and one key to the gates to the beaches. The dashboard identification cards may be temporarily issued by the campground owners to patrons of the campgrounds for their use only while they are staying at the campgrounds. The cards will permit such a patron access to the beaches for the purpose of watercraft launching if the cards are placed in plain view on the dashboard of the vehicle used to launch the watercraft.
The permits and stickers shall be valid for one year starting January 1 of the year in which the permit was purchased. Full refunds for keys shall be made if the keys are returned by March 1 of the year following the year they were purchased.
Residents may purchase additional stickers for vehicles and/or watercraft owned by them or members of their families living at the same address upon payment of $5 to the Municipal Clerk for each additional vehicle and/or watercraft. The purchaser must provide the Municipal Clerk with the license plate numbers and names of the owners of the vehicles for which the stickers are intended and a description and the name of the owner of each additional watercraft. Stickers are not transferable; only vehicles and/or watercraft for which stickers are intended as indicated to the Municipal Clerk are permitted to be used on the Township beaches.
Fishing and picnicking. Any and all nonresidents not in possession of a boating permit utilizing the municipal beaches and any adjoining municipal property shall be required to carry a pass from a licensed Township campground, or a permit purchased from the Municipal Clerk, to be eligible to use the municipal beaches for the limited purposes of fishing and picnicking. Nonresidents may purchase from the Municipal Clerk a permit allowing them to fish or picnic at the municipal beaches. The fee for such a permit shall be $25, and the permit shall be good for one year.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, concerning the total number of permits issued to nonresidents, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-1.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons utilizing the beaches, whether by permit or without, to commit any of the following offenses:
There shall be no parking or standing on the boat ramps except in the course of actual launching or retrieving of watercraft from the Delaware River. No motor vehicle, except emergency vehicles being operated in the course of emergency operations or a Knowlton Township vehicle, shall be permitted past the gates onto the beaches without either a resident sticker or a campground dashboard identification sticker.
[Amended 3-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-1]
No alcoholic beverages whatsoever shall be permitted at any time upon the municipal beaches of the Township of Knowlton.
All persons utilizing the beach area shall be required to contain any and all waste material created or brought with them by using containers provided at the beach areas, if any; or shall carry off any and all waste material with them to be disposed of properly elsewhere.
The beaches shall be deemed closed at 9:00 p.m. each and every evening to all persons, with the exception of those persons engaged in the activity of fishing. No one shall remain upon the beach or beach areas unless actively engaged in the sport of fishing.
It shall be prohibited for any person or persons to play loud music or behave in a boisterous or disturbing manner while utilizing said beach. All such conduct shall be prohibited and shall be subject to the penalties described within this chapter herein.
Open fires upon the municipal beaches of the Township of Knowlton are prohibited at all times.
Swimming is strictly prohibited. Persons engaged in swimming on the municipal beaches shall be deemed trespassers upon said beaches and shall be subject to the penalties described within this chapter herein.
Any person or persons found in or around said beach area as described within this chapter without being a resident or by possessing a pass from a licensed campground and displaying the same shall be deemed and considered trespassers in accordance with the terms and provisions of this chapter. Any person or persons who trespasses in or upon or who illegally occupies the above-described municipal beach area of the Township of Knowlton shall be designated as a trespasser, in violation of this chapter, and shall be subject to the penalties and provisions as set forth herein.
Any person or persons who shall violate the provisions of this chapter or who shall be determined to be a trespasser upon said municipal beaches of the Township of Knowlton shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $100 upon the first conviction, plus costs of court; and shall, upon any subsequent conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $500, plus costs of court, or by imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days, or both.