[HISTORY: Adopted New Canaan Town Council 5-10-89, effective 5-26-89. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is declared that the protection and preservation of the home is the keystone of democratic government; that the public health and welfare and the good order of the community require that members of the community enjoy in their homes and dwellings the feeling of well-being, tranquillity and privacy, and when absent from their homes and dwellings, carry with them the sense of security inherent in the assurance that they may return to the enjoyment of their homes and dwellings; that the practice of picketing before or about residences and dwellings causes emotional disturbance and distress to the occupants; obstructs and interferes with the free use of public sidewalks and public ways of travel; that such practice has as its object the harassing of such occupants; and without resort to such practice, full opportunity exists, and under the terms and provisions of this ordinance will continue to exist, for the exercise of freedom of speech and other constitutional rights; and that the provisions hereinafter enacted are necessary for the public interest to avoid the detrimental results herein set forth.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling of any individual in the Town of New Canaan.
Any person violating the provisions of this section of the Town Code of the Town of New Canaan shall be fined $100.
The invalidity of any word, clause, section or provision of this ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other part, which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.
This ordinance becomes effective on May 26, 1989.