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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 21.24 Wharfboats, Drydocks, Floats, Piers, Etc.

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Chapter 21.24
Wharfboats, Drydocks, Floats, Piers, Etc.

Sections:

21.24.010 Permit required.
21.24.020 Insurance required.
21.24.030 Length required.
21.24.040 Arrears in wharfage.
21.24.050 Designation of mooring places.
21.24.060 Unsafe piers and gangways.
21.24.070 Pier lights.
21.24.080 Safety devices.
21.24.090 Pier barriers.
21.24.100 City floats.
21.24.110 Fire piers.
21.24.120 Patrol floats.

Prior ordinance history: Ord. 51391

City Counselor Ops.: 9996, 10270, 10295

21.24.010 Permit required.

Any person desiring to moor a drydock, float, wharfboat or other landing facility at the improved public wharf shall make a written application to the board of public service for a permit. The application shall state the name and address of the applicant, the number and dimensions of watertight compartments, the length, width, and depth of the facility, the name, number and tonnage of each vessel and watercraft owned by the applicant for which the drydock, float, wharfboat or other facility is to be used, the trade in which each vessel or watercraft is to be employed and the exact proportion of each vessel or watercraft and of the wharfboat or other facility owned by each person respectively. The application shall be verified by affidavit. All permits shall be subject to the following conditions:

A. That the drydock, float, wharfboat or other landing facility shall at all times be good, safe and seaworthy to the satisfaction of the director of streets or his authorized agent, and be supplied constantly with fire protection equipment satisfactory to the board of public service;

B. That the owner or agent of the facility will strictly comply with all ordinances for the regulation of such facilities;

C. That, in case of the sinking of the facility from any cause, that facility or the wreck thereof, shall be removed from the harbor at the expense of its owner or agent so that it shall not obstruct the harbor;

D. That the owner shall protect and save the city harmless from all damages which may be sustained by it and all claims which may be made against it by reason of any injury to persons or damages to property resulting from the presence of the facility at the public wharf.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.010.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9791

Cases:

Distinction between tonnage duties and wharfage fees--City authorized to charge wharfage fees for use of wharfs and other facilities. Northwestern Union Pacific Packet Company v. St. Louis, 100 U.S. 423, 25 L. Ed. 688 (1880).

21.24.020 Insurance required.

Before the permit required by Section 21.24.010 is issued, the applicant shall file with the city register an insurance policy naming the city as coinsured. The amount of insurance shall be determined by the director of streets. The insurance policy shall be approved by the city counselor as to form and by the comptroller as to surety. The insurance shall not expire or terminate until ten days after written notice has been received by the director of streets.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.020.)

21.24.030 Length restricted.

No drydock, float, wharfboat, or other facility which is more than four hundred feet long shall be allowed at the improved public wharf.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.030.)

21.24.040 Arrears in wharfage.

Any person owning a wharfboat, other facility, vessel, or watercraft, who falls in arrears to the city for wharfage rent shall not be allowed the privileges of this chapter so long as the wharfage rent remains unpaid. Such wharfboat, landing facility, vessel or watercraft shall not be permitted to remain at the improved public wharf of the city. The director of streets or his authorized agent shall remove such wharfboat, landing facility, vessel or watercraft from the wharf and for that purpose may call to his aid the St. Louis police department.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.040.)

21.24.050 Designation of mooring places.

The director of streets shall designate the place at the improved wharf where each mooring facility shall lie. The facility shall be removed to another locality designated by the director of streets whenever he shall consider removal necessary to the proper public use of the wharf and when removal and relocation are authorized by action of the board of public service.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.050.)

21.24.060 Unsafe piers and gangways.

Whenever any pier or gangway devoted to passenger traffic shall be damaged or appears to the director of streets or his authorized agent to become unsafe so as to render the same or any portion thereof, a hazard to life or property, he shall order any unsafe portion thereof barricaded with proper fencing until the necessary repairs thereto shall be made. If the owner, agent, or lessee of the pier or gangway shall fail to comply with the orders, the director of streets or his authorized agent shall prohibit the use of the unsafe portion of the pier and may erect the necessary fencing or barricade and the expense shall be paid by the recoverable from the owner, agent, or lessee of pier, to the city.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.060.)

21.24.070 Pier lights.

In the interests of safe navigation and the protection of property, the director of streets or his authorized agent shall establish standards for the lighting of piers in the harbor. Between the hours of sunset and sunrise all piers shall be kept lighted in accordance with requirements set forth by the director of streets or his authorized agent. All walks, passageways, openings or gangways upon any pier upon or through which persons may pass shall be kept adequately lighted between sunset and sunrise.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.070.)

21.24.080 Safety devices.

Every owner, agent or lessee having charge of any commercial pier shall furnish and keep for use on the pier at least one serviceable thirty-inch ring life buoy for every three hundred lineal feet of berthing space to each of which shall be attached at least two hundred feet of suitable line. Each ring buoy and line attached thereto shall be kept in a suitable box on the pier for the use of the public in case of accident, which box shall be properly labeled and be at all times kept clear of obstructions and it shall be unlawful to take away, molest, injure or destroy the same or either of them or to disturb the same or either of them except for use in saving life or property.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.080.)

21.24.090 Pier barriers.

Every owner, lessee, or agent of any pier open for public access to vessels or watercraft, or for any other purpose, shall guard the frontage of any roadway adjacent thereto by substantial and adequate fences or other barriers and shall guard the sides and faces thereof in a similar manner if used for vehicular access to any vessel or watercraft. All necessary openings or passages in the fences or barriers shall be provided with substantial gates which shall be closed and securely fastened when not in use.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.090.)

21.24.100 City floats.

All city floats or piers now or hereafter established, except as hereinafter specified, may be used by watercraft for dockage purposes, other than the handling of freight, free of charge for lying time not to exceed forty-eight hours at any one time. After period the use of the facilities shall be only with the written permission and at the sole discretion of the director of streets or his authorized agent.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.100.)

21.24.110 Fire piers.

No passengers, freight or merchandise shall be handled over any location designated for the use of the fire boats of the fire department, nor shall such location be used for any purpose whatever other than municipal purposes.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.110.)

21.24.120 Patrol floats.

The director of streets or his authorized agent shall designate locations for such floats as may be necessary for patrol boats and shall prescribe rules and regulations for the use of the floats.
(Ord. 56707 1 (part), 1974: 1960 C. 296.120.)

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