2012-1 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 91 OF THE TOWN CODE ENTITLED “BOATS AND BOATING” At a special workshop meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County, New York held at the Town Hall, 1280 Titus Avenue, in said Town of Irondequoit, on the 21st day of May, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. local time, there were PRESENT: Mary Joyce D’Aurizio Stephanie Aldersley Deborah Essley Paul Marasco John Perticone Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Town Supervisor Town Board Member Town Board Member Town Board Member Town Board Member Attorneys for the Town
Town Board Member _________________ offered the following Ordinance and moved its adoption: WHEREAS, Chapter 91 of the Code of the Town of Irondequoit, entitled “Boats and Boating” was enacted by Ordinance No. 87-3 on April 2, 1987 and was substantively continued when the Code was re-enacted under Local Law No. 1 of 1997; and WHEREAS, the proposed amendments to Chapter 91 of the Town Code would bring the Chapter into conformity with the current version of New York State Navigation Law §45-aaa, and with Chapter 149 of the Town Code “Irondequoit Bay Harbor Management” adopted in September 1998 under Local Law 4-2008, as they relate to speed and no wake zones within Irondequoit Bay; as well as address issues of regulation of vessel use, anchoring and mooring on a section of Lake Ontario abounding the Town of Irondequoit and within 300 feet of shore, as authorized by subsections eleven, fifteen and seventeen of Section 130 of the Town Law, and by Sections 45-aaa and 46-a of the Navigation Law; and WHEREAS, the Irondequoit Town Board adopted a Resolution at a regular meeting of the Board on March 20, 2012, introducing an Ordinance to amend Chapter 91 of the Town Code, and providing for posting and publication and public hearing, as provided under Town Law §133 and Section 1-7 of the Code of the Town of Irondequoit; and said public hearing having been held at the Irondequoit Town Hall on April 19, 2012 and an additional public informational session having been held on April 26, 2012; and due deliberation having been had,
NOW THEREFORE, for the purpose of regulating the operation, anchoring and mooring of vessels, including personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft or similar pleasure vessels, on waters abounding the Town, the Irondequoit Town does ordain as follows: Section 1. Chapter 91 of the Irondequoit Town Code, entitled “Boats and Boating” and originally enacted by the Irondequoit Town Board by Ordinance No. 87-3 on April 2, 1987 be and hereby is amended to read in its entirety as follows:
Chapter 91. Boats and Boating § 91-1. Title. This chapter shall be known as the “Ordinance for the Regulation of Vessels on Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario abutting the Town of Irondequoit.” § 91-2. Authority. In accordance with Subdivision 17 of §130 of the Town Law, as amended or changed, and/or §§ 45, 45-aaa, 46-a (2) and 73-c of the Navigation Law, as amended or changed, these regulations are hereby adopted for that part of Irondequoit Bay located within the Town of Irondequoit and within 1,500 feet from the shore; and on the waters of Lake Ontario abutting the Town of Irondequoit within 1,500 feet of the shoreline. §91-3. Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated: (1) “Vessel” shall mean any floating craft and all vessels shall belong to one of the following classes: (a) “Public Vessel” shall mean and include every vessel which is propelled in whole or in part by mechanical power and is used or operated for commercial purposes on the navigable waters of the state; that is either carrying passengers, carrying freight, towing, or for any other use; for which a compensation is received, either directly or where provided as an accommodation, advantage, facility or privilege at any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement. “Residential vessel” shall mean and include every vessel that is used in actual practice primarily as a residence. “Pleasure vessel” shall mean and include every vessel not within the classification of public vessel or residential vessel. However, the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to rowboats, kayaks and canoes except as otherwise expressly provided.
The term “vessel” as used in this chapter shall not include a crew racing shell. “Crew racing shell” shall mean any shell, gig, barge or other boat designed primarily for practice or racing, propelled by oars or sweeps, in the sport of crew or scull racing conducted by a private or public educational institution, school, academy, college, university or association of any of the preceding, or by an amateur sports club or association or by the United States or International Olympic Committees and shall not include canoes, kayaks, rowboats or lifeboats used in connection with crew racing activities.
(2) “personal watercraft” shall mean a vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel. (3) “Specialty prop-craft” shall mean a vessel which is powered by an outboard motor or a propeller driven motor and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel. (4) “Owner” shall mean the person actually holding title to a vessel, except a public vessel chartered unmanned for a period of more than thirty consecutive days, in which case “owner” shall include the person chartering the vessel. (5) “Person” shall mean an individual, partnership, corporation or association. (6) “Operator” shall mean an individual who operates or navigates a pleasure vessel. (7) “Master” shall include every individual having for the time the charge, control or direction of a vessel. (8) “Under way” shall mean that the vessel is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore, or aground. (9) “Pier” shall mean a wharf or portion of a wharf extending from the shoreline with water on both sides. (10) “Adrift” shall mean a vessel floating on the water without being powered by a physical or mechanical means. (11) “Joined together” shall mean more than one vessel tied to or otherwise affixed in any manner to another vessel for any period of time.
§91-4. Rules of Operation. A. Every vessel shall be operated in a careful and prudent manner, in such a way as not to (1) unreasonably interfere with or endanger any other vessel or person; (2) endanger the life or limb of another person using the water under all conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing; or (3) disturb the reasonable comfort or endanger persons on another vessel or abutting shore, or to cause damage to another vessel, structure, shoreline property, or the environment or to interfere with the free and proper uses of the waters. In no event shall a vessel be operated at a speed exceeding 25 miles per hour unless such vessel is being operated for the purpose of enabling a person engaged in water-skiing to be towed, in which case no such vessel shall be operated at a speed exceeding 35 miles per hour. B. No vessel shall be operated within 300 feet of the shore, a dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers such dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel, but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour, unless for the purpose of enabling a person engaged in water-skiing to take off or land. C. No vessel may be anchored, moored, or joined together with any other vessel not “underway” as defined in this local law within the following described area of Lake Ontario: The area of Lake Ontario bordered by the west side of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Pier three hundred feet (300 ft.) from the shoreline, the entire shoreline running west from the west side of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Pier continuously along the shoreline to the east property boundary of number 186 Lake Bluff Rd., from the point at the east property boundary of 186 Lake Bluff Road 300 feet north into the navigable water of Lake Ontario and then directly east across the open navigable water to the point on the west side of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Pier three hundred feet (300 ft.) from the shoreline. D. Every vessel being operated within the area described in section 91-4 C. above shall be operated in a careful and prudent manner, in such a way as not to unreasonably interfere with or endanger any other vessel or person, but in no event shall a vessel be operated at a speed exceeding five (5) miles per hour. Within the area described in section 91-4 C, this speed limit shall be deemed to supersede the speed limits set forth in section 91-4 A of this Chapter. E. Regattas, boat races or racing shell regattas shall not be held unless all permit and notice requirements of Navigation Law §§ 34, 34-a and 45-aaa(3) have been fulfilled.
§91-5. Penalties for offenses. (A) Any master, operator or other person who operates a vessel in a reckless manner or at an excessive speed in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable to the same extent as a violation of §45 of the Navigation Law, as amended or changed. Any master, operator or other person who positions a vessel in a manner violating the provisions of section 91-4 C of this Chapter shall be guilty of a class A violation as provided by Section 1-16(A)(i) of the Code of the Town of Irondequoit.
Section 2. Publication. As provided by Town Law §133, the Town Board authorizes and directs the Town Clerk to enter this Ordinance into the minutes of the Town Board, and to arrange for a summary or abstract of the Ordinance to be published one time in the official newspaper of the Town and to maintain a copy of the affidavit of such publication. Section 3. Effective Date. As provided by Town Law §133, this Ordinance shall be effective ten (10) days after the date of publication of the summary or abstract in the official newspaper. The Irondequoit Town Board directs the Town Clerk to incorporate the amended Chapter 91 into the Town Code, and available for public inspection in the same manner as the Town Code is generally available to the public.
Seconded by Town Board member _______________ and duly put to vote, which resulted as follows: Town Supervisor Town Board Member Town Board Member Town Board Member Town Board Member D’Aurizio Aldersley Essley Marasco Perticone voting voting voting voting voting