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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 21.04 General Regulations

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Chapter 21.04
General Regulations

Sections:

21.04.010 Application--Supplemental law.
21.04.020 Definitions.
21.04.030 Building on wharf--Prohibited.
21.04.040 Building on wharf--Notice of violation.
21.04.050 Damage to wharf.
21.04.060 Compliance with orders of the director of streets.
21.04.070 Public health.
21.04.080 Boat livery records.
21.04.090 Liability for damages.

Prior ordinance history: Ord. 51391

City Counselor Ops.: 8911, 9996, 10270, 10295

21.04.010 Application--Supplemental law.

The provisions of this title shall be applicable to all vessels and watercraft in the harbor of this city. The provisions of this title shall be construed to supplement United States laws and state laws and regulations when not expressly inconsistent therewith in the harbor where United States and state laws and regulations are applicable.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.010.)

Cases:

Building permit for construction abutting on Mississippi River--planned extension into river--permit refused--City authorized to refuse permit--navigation, commerce and exercise of police power. State ex rel. Citizens Electric Lighting Company v. Longfellow, 69 S.W. 374 (Mo. en banc 1902).

A public wharf on a navigable stream connected with the public streets is a "public highway" and governed by the laws governing public highways. Hafner Mfg. Co. v. City of St. Louis, 172 S.W. 28, 262 Mo. 621 (1914).

21.04.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this title:

A. "Aquatic event" means any organized event of limited duration which is duly sanctioned at least seven days in advance by duly constituted authority and which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule.

B. "Authorized emergency vessel" means any authorized vessel or watercraft of the city, city police department, city fire department, state of Missouri, and the United States government.

C. "Base line" means the base line or western landward harbor line as established by Ordinance 21236.

D. "City" means the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

E. "Diver's flag" means a red flag five units of measurement on the hoist by six units of measurement on the fly with a white stripe of one unit crossing the red diagonally with the flag having a stiffener. This flag shall only pertain to skin and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving and shall supplement any nationally recognized diver's flag or marking.

F. "East wharf line" means eastern boundary line or western riverward harbor line as established by Ordinance 21236.

G. "Harbor" means all waters of the Mississippi River or any of its tributaries within the city limits, upon which at any time a vessel or watercraft can be operated.

H. "Master" means the captain, skipper, pilot or any person having charge of any vessel or watercraft.

I. "Obstruction" means any vessel or watercraft or any matter or derelict which may in any way blockade, interfere with, or endanger any vessel or watercraft or impede navigation.

J. "Owner" means the person who has lawful possession of a vessel or watercraft or obstruction by virtue of legal title or equitable interest therein which entitles him to possession.

K. "Person" means any natural persons, associations, copartnerships and corporations, whether acting by themselves or by servant, agent, or employee; the singular number shall when necessary be held to mean and include the plural, and the masculine pronoun to include the feminine.

L. "Pier" means any pier, wharf, dock, float, gridiron or other structure to promote the convenient loading or unloading or other discharge of vessels or watercraft or, the repair thereof.

M. "Public wharf" means Front Street and all the lands, riverbanks and beach dedicated, condemned, or belonging to the city for wharf purposes within the city.

N. "Restricted area" means an area that has been marked in accordance with and as authorized by the laws or regulation of the city to be used for or closed to certain designated purposes such as swimming, skin diving, aquatic events and organized public gatherings.

O. "Towboat" means any vessel or watercraft used in towing or pushing another vessel or watercraft or anything other than a vessel or watercraft.

P. "Vessel" means any contrivance one hundred ten feet or more in length overall used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.

Q. "Watercraft" means any contrivance less than one hundred ten feet in length overall, used, or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. Cribs or piles, shinglebolts, booms of logs, rafts of logs, and rafts of lumber shall not be included within the terms "watercraft" or "vessel" but shall be included within the term "obstruction" when they shall be floating loose and not under control or when under control and obstructing any navigable channel.

R. "Wharf" means all land between the eastern boundary line of the easternmost city blocks and the eastern boundary line of wharf as described in Ordinance 21236.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.020.)

21.04.030 Building on wharf--Prohibited.

No person shall build or extend any dike, trestle work, elevator or other structure east of the eastern boundary line of the wharf as established by Ordinance 21236.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.030.)

21.04.040 Building on wharf--Notice of violation.

Whenever the director of streets or his authorized agent shall find that any person is violating the provision of Section 21.04.030 the owner or agent shall be notified by mail to remove such structure at his own expense within ten days of the mailing of the notice. If the owner or agent cannot be located, a notice shall be posted in the vicinity of such structure.

Failure, neglect or refusal to comply with the notice or posting shall be a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.031.)

21.04.050 Damage to wharf.

No person shall make an excavation in the public wharf, or take up any paving stones of the improved wharf or otherwise damage the surface thereof without permission of the director of streets nor shall any person otherwise damage, destroy or deface any structure, vessel or watercraft in the harbor or on the wharf.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.040.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9617

21.04.060 Compliance with orders of the director of streets.

No person shall fail to obey the directions of the Director of Streets or his authorized agent, in the exercise of the authority vested in him by this chapter.
(Ord 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.050.)

21.04.070 Public health.

All watercraft and vessels entering or in the harbor shall comply with the applicable health laws and regulations of the City, the United States, and the state of Missouri.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.120.)

21.04.080 Boat livery records.

The owner of every boat livery operating on the Mississippi River within the City harbor shall cause to be kept a record of the name and address of a person or persons hiring any watercraft, the identification number thereof, the departure date, and time, and the expected time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least six months, and shall be made available to the Director of Streets or his authorized agent on request.

Neither the owner of the boat livery, nor his agent or employee shall permit any watercraft to depart from his premises unless it shall have been provided, either by the owner or renter, with the equipment as required by local, state or federal laws pertaining to equipment required aboard vessels and watercraft.
(Ord. 56707 1, (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.130.)

21.04.090 Liability for damages.

Nothing in this title shall be construed so as to release any person owning or controlling any vessel, watercraft, pier, obstruction or other structure from any liability for damages, and the safeguards to life and property required in this title shall not be construed as relieving any person from installing and maintaining all other safeguards that may be required by law.
(Ord. 56707 1, (part), 1974: 1960 C. 290.150.)

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