[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 2-8-1972 by Ord. No. 5-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Remaining idle in essentially one location, and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly and shall also include the colloquial expression "hanging around."
- PARENT or GUARDIAN
- Includes any adult person having care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, and shall include any street, highway, road, alley and sidewalk and shall also include the front of or in the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and public grounds, areas and parks, 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 or under the control of his parent or guardian.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger or a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place as defined in § 147-1. This subsection shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to whom or within whose hearing they are made.
Whenever any police officer shall, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, decide that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 147-2 he may, if he deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave the place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit that minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.
Whenever any minor under the age of 18 years is charged with a violation of this chapter, his parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or any other person designated by him to give such notice.
If at any time within 30 days following the giving of notice as provided in § 147-5 the minor to whom such notice relates again violates this chapter, it shall be presumed in the absence of evidence to the contrary that the minor did so with the knowledge and permission of his parent or guardian.
[Amended 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days, or both, in the discretion of the court. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.