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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 21.20 Landing and Mooring Vessels and Watercraft

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Chapter 21.20
Landing and Mooring Vessels and Watercraft

Sections:

21.20.010 Mooring places.
21.20.020 Manner of mooring.
21.20.030 Permit required for extended stays.
21.20.040 Removal of vessels and watercraft.
21.20.050 Equipment--Numbering.
21.20.060 Securing vessels and watercraft.
21.20.070 Life lines.
21.20.080 Wharf rent.
21.20.090 Mooring not to affect taxes.
21.20.100 Regulations for wharfboats.
21.20.110 Landing by waterworks prohibited.
21.20.120 Conformity to provisions.

Prior ordinance history: Ords. 47041, 51391

City Counselor Ops.: 9996, 10270

21.20.010 Mooring places.

All vessels and watercraft coming into the harbor of the city shall be anchored or moored at such points or places in the harbor as may be designated by the director of streets or his authorized agent.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.010.)

21.20.020 Manner of mooring.

All drydocks, floats, wharfboats and other landing facilities moored at the wharf shall be fastened so that their chains, cables, stages and crabs shall offer the least possible obstruction to the free passage of pedestrians and vehicles.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.020.)

21.20.030 Permit required for extended stays.

No vessel or watercraft not moored to a wharfboat, float, or other landing facility shall be permitted to remain at the improved wharf for a period longer than three days, unless a temporary permit therefor is obtained from the director of streets or unless a permit is issued by the board of public service under terms and conditions fixed by the board, and at the rate applicable to wharfboat privileges set out in Section 21.20.080.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.030.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9652

21.20.040 Removal of vessels and watercraft.

The owner or person in charge of any vessel or watercraft moored at the improved wharf and not engaged in receiving or discharging freight, shall on written order of the director of streets promptly move his vessel or watercraft to such other place in the harbor as the director of streets may designate in his order. The vessel or watercraft shall remain until such time as it may be desired for the same to return to the improved wharf to be loaded or unloaded or to leave the harbor.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.040.)

21.20.050 Equipment--Numbering.

All watercraft and vessels shall carry the equipment required by the laws of the United States and the state of Missouri, and shall be numbered or designated in accordance with said law.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.050.)

21.20.060 Securing vessels and watercraft.

All vessels and watercraft laying at the wharf or landing within the harbor of the city shall be secured in a good, safe and sufficient manner. The master, owner or person in charge of any boat not so secured shall be in violation of this section.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.060.)

21.20.070 Life lines.

Life lines or ropes of a size and type to be designated by the director of streets or his authorized agent shall be suspended at intervals of five feet from the upstream end of any vessel or structure, or of any vessel anchored, or moored at the upstream end of a group of vessels, dock, or other structure or floating facility which shall remain for a period of time exceeding four hours.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.070.)

21.20.080 Wharf rent.

For the privilege of mooring and drydock, float, wharfboat, or other facility at the improved public wharf the annual rental shall be a rate determined by the board of public service upon recommendation of the port authority commission and to be consistent with current market rates.
(Ord. 57326 7 (part), 1977; Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: prior Ord. 56300 1, 1972: 1960 C. 295.080.)

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Cases:

A municipal corporation may charge reasonable fees for use of its wharves on the navigable waters of the United States. Packet Company v. St. Louis, 100 U.S. 423 (1879).

Ordinance of St. Louis, prescribing wharfage dues at the improved wharves constructed by the city, is not in conflict with the federal constitution. Northwestern Union Packet Co. v. St. Louis, 18 F.C. 411 (1877).

21.20.090 Mooring not to affect taxes.

The mooring of any self-propelled vessel or watercraft alongside of any drydock, float, wharfboat or other landing facility shall not affect, in any manner, the wharfage or state or city taxes, dues or levee rates assessed or levied on the self-propelled vessels or watercraft landing thereat. All wharfage, tax, dues, or rates assessed shall be collected from each vessel or watercraft landing at any drydock, float, wharfboat or landing facility as if the facility were not there.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.090.)

V.A.M.S.:

154.040 Wharfage tax (cities of 50,000 or more)

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21.20.100 Regulations for wharfboats.

Wharfboats and other facilities moored at the improved wharf shall be in conformity with the following conditions:

A. Every facility shall be connected with the wharf, at all times, by at least two stages of size and strength to be safe for the purpose for which they are to be used.

B. Every facility shall have sufficient breadth of beam and strength of deck to be stable and safe at all times.

C. Wharfboats less than two hundred feet in length shall not be moored with a space less than thirty feet between the wharfboat and the water's edge.

D. Wharfboats two hundred feet or more in length shall not be moored with a space less than forty feet between the wharfboat and the water's edge.

E. No boats, barges, or other watercraft of any kind shall be attached to any wharfboat or other landing facility so that the boat, barge or other watercraft shall extend beyond the facility more than one half the length of the facility, nor extend beyond the limits of space assigned at the wharf for the facility.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.110.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9652

21.20.110 Landing by waterworks prohibited.

No vessel or watercraft of any kind whatever shall be permitted to land in front of any city waterworks building.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.120.)

21.20.120 Conformity to provisions.

No person shall moor or cause to be moored, a drydock, float, wharfboat, or other facility at the public wharf contrary to the provisions and requirements of this code.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 295.130.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9652

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