Chapter 8.20


8.20.010    Propeller or screw-operated craft prohibited.

8.20.020    Purpose.

8.20.030    Penalty for violation.

8.20.010 Propeller or screw-operated craft prohibited.

A. No person, firm or corporation shall manage, operate, drive or propel any propeller or screw-operated boat or other watercraft on, along, or over the Soquel Creek within the municipal limits of the city; provided, however, that any public or quasi-public entity, organization or group may operate propeller or screw-operated watercraft on, along or over Soquel Creek within the municipal limits of the city in connection only with public or quasi-public events, festivals, and celebrations upon receiving permit so to do, after application thereof, from the city council. The city council shall have the power to issue such permit or permits, upon application therefor, subject to such restrictions and conditions as the city council may in its discretion deem necessary and desirable for the preservation and protection of public peace, health and safety. Such permits as the city council may issue pursuant to the foregoing shall bear an express expiration date therefor. (Ord. 97 § 1, 1956; Ord. 87 § 1, 1954)

8.20.020 Purpose.

It is declared that the operation of propeller-driven and screw-operated boats and watercraft upon the Soquel Creek constitutes a hazard endangering the life and limb of bathers and swimmers using the Soquel Creek. It is declared that the purpose and intent of this chapter if to protect and safeguard bathers and swimmers within the area above described, particularly in view of the fact that the area of the city accommodates large numbers of visitors and guests to the community who recreate in and about the Soquel Creek. (Ord. 87 § 2,1954)

8.20.030 Penalty for violation.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 87 § 4, 1954)