Harvey Cedars Tightens Loading/Unloading Regulations

May 09, 2018

From May 15 through Oct. 14, commercial businesses are prohibited from using any public street end by the bay waters for loading and unloading purposes according to an ordinance introduced Friday by the Harvey Cedars Borough Commission.

From Oct. 15 to May 14, businesses can use any public street end for loading and unloading materials, but the activity is allowed only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is not allowed on weekends and holidays. Also prohibited are idling of vehicles and equipment, mooring to public property and overnight dockage.

“We had received complaints of contractors loading and unloading at the end of West 80th Street and other street ends,” said Borough Clerk Daina Dale. “With warmer weather, more people are coming down and this activity was seen as a nuisance, so we needed to quickly act on it.”

The ordinance allows for exceptions such as in emergency situations, where the chief of police or his designee may grant approval to use a street end during prohibited times. 

“In the case of any other non-emergency, the matter shall be referred to the governing body (borough commission) who may allow temporary use for any civic purpose with concurrence of the police department concerning any possible safety issues,” the ordinance reads. “Allowed road openings shall be exempt from this provision.”

According to the ordinance, violators face a minimum fine of $500 for the first offense.  Each day for which a violation of this section occurs after the first offense shall be considered a separate offense. Any subsequent offense conviction shall be punishable by a minimum fine of $1,000.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the commission meeting on Friday, June 1, at 4:30 p.m. E.E.

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