[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 8-2-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-13. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A designated area within which the public streets shall be closed for a neighborhood party.
- A neighborhood block party, celebration or event, but shall not include a garage sale, yard sale, bazaar, rummage sale or other similar activity having the principal purpose as fundraising for an individual or organization, nor shall it include a political meeting or rally, carnival or theatrical or musical performances such as rock concerts or similar events.
- A City street, highway or road.
The Code Enforcement/Construction Official shall be authorized to issue a permit for the temporary blocking of a street for the purpose of holding a party or festival. At least 21 days before the commencement of such party, an application for such permit shall be filed by a bona fide resident of the street to be blocked, who is over the age of 18, and such application shall contain at least the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name of the street or streets and a description of the portions thereof to be blocked.
The signature and approval of all residents on that block, who will be present during the time street will be blocked.
A description of the specific party to be held.
The date and the hours thereof.
The application may require such additional information as the Commission shall prescribe by resolution.
The application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee in the amount of $25 and a deposit in the amount of $500. The permit shall be granted by the Code Enforcement Official upon determining that the party is authorized. The permit shall be denied if the Code Enforcement Official, Fire Chief and Police Chief find that blocking the street or portion thereof on the date requested in the application will unduly interfere with the flow of vehicular traffic or upon determining that the party is not authorized. The Code Enforcement/Construction Official shall advise the applicant, in writing, of the reason for denial of the application.
A permit issued pursuant to this ordinance shall be valid only for the date and the hours specified thereon, which shall not be before 9:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m.
The applicant shall be responsible for removal of litter, debris and other materials from the street or portion thereof used for the party which is attributable to or caused by the party. Failure to clean area in full will result in the loss of deposit. The determination of cleanup will be made by the Ventnor City Police Department before the deposit will be returned.
A street or portion thereof blocked off for a party shall not be obstructed by obstacles which cannot be readily moved to allow emergency and hazard vehicles to enter it in response to an emergency. Removable barriers shall be placed at all locations of ingress and egress of the blocked area. Items and obstacles including but not limited to grills, barbeques, furniture or games shall be prohibited in the street.
No more than two permits shall be granted by the Code Enforcement/Construction Official in any calendar year for the same block or blocks.
Two security officers must be provided at all time. Such officers may be private or contracted with the City.
The persons, organization or association to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all losses, damages or injuries sustained by any person, whether a participant or spectator at the block party whether or not said losses, damages or injuries arise by reason of the negligence of the person, persons or organization to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Code Enforcement/Construction Official shall require the applicant to enter into a hold-harmless agreement, which agreement shall provide that the applicant shall agree to save and hold the City harmless of and from any and all obligations and liabilities which may arise from the temporary street closing which represents the subject matter of the application. The applicant shall further agree as part of these provisions to hold harmless the City and to defend at his own cost and expense any claims or lawsuits instituted by third parties, which obligations or liabilities might otherwise exist or be asserted against the City. The Code Enforcement/Construction Official shall further require that, prior to the issuance of a permit or commencement of the temporary street closing, the applicant submit evidence of liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000) covering damages to property and injuries to members of the general public arising out of the temporary street closing. The insurance must be submitted with application.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a penalty of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 days, or both. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.