[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport 7-19-1983 by L.L. No. 3-1983 (Ch. 3 of the 1966 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of the Village of Northport, as an exercise of its police power, to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of the village by enacting this chapter, since it is the finding of the Board of Trustees that the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or the possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages by persons on public premises, except under controlled conditions, is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the village in that such possession contributes to the development of unsanitary conditions and the creation of nuisances, including but not limited to littering and raucous or other disorderly behavior. It is further the intent of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport that this chapter not be considered as a traffic regulation insofar as it relates to motor vehicles or the operation thereof.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them. All other words shall have the meanings normally ascribed to them in regular usage.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
- Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being.
- Any bottle, can, glass or other receptacle suitable for or used to hold any liquid.
- PUBLIC LANDS
- Any sidewalk, street, lane, highway, public building, public parking lot, private business parking lot provided for and open to the use of the public, public building, public recreation area or other public place or any privately owned outdoor business place open to the public.
- The Incorporated Village of Northport.
If any individual or organization desires to have, distribute or consume alcoholic beverages on public lands in the village, said individual or organization must apply to the Board of Trustees or its designee for a permit therefor at least 10 days prior to the date scheduled for using such beverages. No fee shall be charged for the granting of said permit.
A permit shall be issued only upon the following conditions:
Such individual or organization by its duly authorized officer must agree, in writing, to assume full responsibility for supervising the conduct of the group or individuals benefiting from such permit and to properly clean up and restore the premises after use to their prior condition.
Such individual or organization must further agree, in writing, that adequate precautions shall be taken to ensure that minors will not be served or allowed to consume alcoholic beverages at the permitted event or gathering.
No alcoholic beverages shall be distributed or consumed other than on the specific premises described in the permit and only during the time stated therein.
No permit shall be issued to any individual or organization which has previously been issued a permit and has failed to comply with the provisions hereof.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to:
Consume any alcoholic beverage on any public land within the village.
Have within his possession for the purposes of consumption on public lands by either himself or another person any open container containing an alcoholic beverage on any public lands within the village.
Have in his possession any open container containing any alcoholic beverage on any public lands within the village.
This chapter shall apply to all persons on public lands in the village, except as provided in § 88-3 above, and shall not apply to any person drinking an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle upon any public highway within the village in violation of § 1227 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
The violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a maximum fine of $250 or by imprisonment for 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day any violation shall continue shall constitute a separate violation.