Town of South Bethany, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of South Bethany 9-14-1992 as Ord. No. 31-92. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking — See Ch. 94.
This chapter is authorized by § C-4B of the Town Charter.
The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit abandoned vehicles on any public or private property within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany which would interfere with the enjoyment and reduce the value of private property, invite plundering, create fire, safety, health and other hazards to adults and children within the town and otherwise interfere with the comfort and well-being of the public.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED VEHICLE
Includes any transport highway or waterway vehicle or vessel which is inoperable, unlicensed, unclaimed, disabled or wrecked and because of its aforementioned condition is unsightly and incongruous to the neighborhood. The term "abandoned vehicle" shall not include:
A. 
Any vehicle or vessel utilized in the construction, operation or maintenance of public utility facilities located within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany, provided that they do not impede the normal movement of traffic.
B. 
Any vehicle or vessel properly parked and located on private property, the owner of which has notified the South Bethany Police Department, in writing, of a desire to maintain such parking and security for a period not to exceed six months.
This chapter shall be enforced by the South Bethany Police Department.
A. 
Upon discovery of an abandoned vehicle on any private property within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany, the enforcement authorities shall seek to contact the owner thereof by certified mail, returned receipt requested, ordering the prompt removal of such vehicle within 10 days of the date of the letter. If unable to identify or contact the owner, the enforcement authorities shall affix an appropriate notice to the vehicle directing its removal within 48 hours.
B. 
Upon discovery of an abandoned vehicle on state or public property within the corporate limits of the Town of South Bethany, the enforcement authorities shall post a notice on the vehicle which shall direct that such vehicle be removed within 24 hours following the posting of such notice.
C. 
If any vehicle is not removed within such time periods as described above, the enforcement authorities shall cause the physical movement of the abandoned vehicle to a designated storage area, thereafter to be subject to disposal in accordance with law. All towing and storage costs shall be the responsibility of the owner of said vehicle.
Any person who owns an abandoned vehicle which is in violation of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $25, nor more than $100, plus court costs. Each day of continued violation shall be considered as a separate offense.