No ‘moor’ tying of vessels at city pier
Ordinance requires permission from mayor
LAKE ARTHUR — It is now illegal to tie or moor any type of vessel to the Lake Arthur City Park pier or wharf for more than seven days without documented permission.
The town council approved an ordinance Wednesday that would prohibit tying or mooring of vessels, including boats, barges and other floating objects in the Lake Arthur City Park Pier located seaward of the Lake Arthur City Park. The measure does not apply to boat launches.
“We have people go tie their boats and they are too big for the wharf and they stay six or seven weeks and that’s too long,” alderman Bobby Palermo said.
The wharf was not built for big vessels, he said.
Under the measure, no vessel of any kind would be allowed to remain tied or moored to the Lake Arthur Park pier or wharf for more than seven consecutive days without prior authorization from the mayor.
The ordinance allows for the tying or mooring of vessels for more than seven days in case of a life-threatening emergency.
A violation of any provision of the measure would constitute a criminal misdemeanor offense resulting in a maximum fine of $150 or 15 days in jail. Each day would be a separate violation, town attorney Bennett Lapoint said.
“After a couple of tickets, they’ll move those boats or you start putting them in jail,” Lapoint said.