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Violations & Penalties

§82-73 Violations and Penalties

The owner of any vessel, mooring or other objects not properly moored, not properly permitted, or in violation of any harbor rules and regulations contained herein may be subject to a noncriminal citation, removal of the mooring, removal and impounding of the vessel or a combination of the same, and/or a fine of $50.



The Chief of Police may issue Massachusetts Environmental Law Citation Books and authorize such use to the Harbormaster, Assistant Harbormasters, and any police officer assigned to the water to write written warnings and criminal and noncriminal citations for boating law violations.

The Chief of Police may issue Fall River City Ordinance Citation Books and authorize such use to the Harbormaster, Assistant Harbormasters, and any police officer assigned to the water to write the following violations pursuant to this article:

Section  Description
10.1 Improper placement of mooring
10.2 Improperly moving mooring
10.3 Failure to have mooring inspected by qualified diver
10.4 Failure to relocate lost mooring
10.5 Failure to meet mooring standards
10.6 Improperly marked mooring
10.7 Failure to provide accurate mooring permit information
10.8 Improper rafting of vessel on mooring
10.9 Illegal use (picking up or tying up to) of a public or private mooring, dock or float without Harbormaster permission
10.10 Failure to remove vessel upon demand
10.11 Failure to properly secure vessel
10.12 Improper anchoring
10.13 Speed greater than headway speed
10.14 No wake violation
10.15 Abandoned vessel
10.16 Unregistered vessel, failure to display certificate number
10.17 Refusing to stop for or on oral command of Harbormaster
10.18 Failure to carry or use proper equipment
10.19 Failure to carry vessel registration
10.20 No-discharge violation

 

Each and every day a violation continues is considered a new and separate violation.