ARTICLE II


WATERCRAFT SPEED LIMITS


Sec.

15-006.00 Watercraft Speed Limits


Editorial Note: New Section 15-006.00 replaced Sections 15-006.00 through 15-66.031 under authority of Ord. No. 98-2881, adopted 6/18/98

A. Unlawful operation: It shall be unlawful to operate any vessel or watercraft on any waterway in St. Tammany Parish such that its speed exceeds a speed of “dead slow” within the following described “Dead Slow, No Wake” zones:

    1.

Tchefuncte River Area


        a. A portion of the Tchefuncte River from a point 1.5 miles upstream from the river's mouth at Lake Pontchartrain to a point 2.75 miles north of the river's mouth at Lake Pontchartrain. This 1.25 mile stretch of river encompasses an area from roughly 700 yards south of the Highway 22 bridge south of the Marina Del Ray entrance to a point in the curve just upstream from the commercially developed portion of Highway 22 that backs up to the river.
    
        b. A portion of the Tchefuncte River beginning at a line across the river at a point 200 feet north of an inlet off the river commonly known as “High Bridge Canal”, and extending to a line across the river at a point 100 feet south of the High Bridge Canal. (Ord. 01-0396, adopted 11/15/2001)
        


        c. Within the “Tchefuncte Country Club Marina” and associated canals and slips, including the mouth of the marina at the Tchefuncte River, in their entireties.

                d. Within the “Marina Beau Chene” and associated canals and slips in their entireties.

                e. Pontchitolowa Creek from its mouth at the Tchefuncte River to a bridge at Highway 190.

        f. “Lake Emfred” in its entirety.

                g. Lazy River Estates Area - Those waterways commonly known as “Frances Bayou”, “Dorothy Bayou”, “Blanche Bayou”, and “Sally Bayou” in their entireties and “Bayou Monga” from the power line crossing upstream to Interstate 12.

                h. A portion of the Tchefuncte River beginning at a line across the river at a point 300 feet north of the entrance to Marina Beau Chene, and extending to a line across the river at a point 300 feet south of the entrance to Marina Beau Chene. All costs incurred by St. Tammany Parish with the installation and maintenance of necessary and appropriate signage marking this “Dead Slow, No Wake” zone shall be reimbursed to the Parish by Marina Beau Chene. (Ord. No. 02-0433, adopted 02/07/2002)
    
    2.

Little Tchefuncte River Area


        a. The Little Tchefuncte River from where it intersects the Bogue Falaya River just north of Interstate 12 upstream along the entire boundary of Ward 1 (Ord. 01-0368, adopted 09/06/2001)

        b. Flowers Bayou - in its entirety

        c. Horseshoe Bayou - in its entirety

    3.

Bayou Castine

- in its entirety

            4.

Cane Bayou

- from its mouth at Lake Pontchartrain upstream to the bridge at Highway 190

    5.

Bayou Lacombe Area


        a. Lacombe Harbor Area - Those waterways known commonly as the “Lacombe Harbor Subdivision canals”, “Crutch Bay”, “Perch Bay”, “Finger Bay”, “Pine Bay”, “Cypress Bay”, and “Cypress Bayou” in their entireties.

        b. Bayou Lacombe from Tammany Trace downstream to the “Patterson Canal”.


        c. Bayou Lacombe from 300 feet upstream from “Powell Bayou” to a point in the curve immediately downstream from the “seaplane base”.

        d. Bayou Lacombe from a point 300' upstream from “Love's Canal” to a point in the next curve immediately downstream as noted on “Attachment A” associated with Ord. Cal Number 569, Police Jury Series Number 85-515.

        e. “Powell Bayou” and the canals associated with Powell Heights Subdivision in their entireties.

    6.

Bayou Liberty

- from a point 2.5 miles north of the Bayou Liberty bridge at Highway 433 upstream for a distance of 0.5 mile.

    7.

Bayou Bonfouca

- from a point 300 feet north of the public boat launch off of Front Street downstream to one-half (½) mile downstream of Highway 433 drawbridge. (Ord. 01-0388, adopted 11/01/2001)

        a.     The entirety of all canals and slips within the Coin DuLestin residential development.

    8.

Bayou LaSang

- From Bayou Bonfouca to Palm Lake

    9.

Northshore Subdivision

- all of the canals within the Northshore Subdivision and along Carr Drive and specifically the unnamed waterway known as the “Carr Drive Canal” from Lake Pontchartrain to the bridge at Highway 11.

    10.

Eden Isles and Oak Harbor Subdivisions

- all canals and slips associated with the Eden Isles and Oak Harbor Subdivisions as well as all canals and slips associated with the marina facilities of both developments. The entirety of all canals associated with Moonraker (as well as Moonraker Lake itself) and Clipper Estates falls within this zone as well.

    11.

Pirates Harbor Canal

- in its entirety from its mouth at Lake Pontchartrain north to its dead end.

    12.

Salt Bayou

- from its mouth at Lake Pontchartrain to the Highway 433 bridge.

    13.

Rigolets Estates/Treasure Isle Area

- Those canals and waterways within the Rigolets Estates and Treasure Isle subdivisions and the borrow lagoon between the two subdivisions in their entireties. Also specifically the canal that runs from Salt Bayou south to a dead end at the Treasure Isle drive in its entirety.

    14.

Geoghegan Canal

- from its mouth at the Rigolets to a point 0.5 miles north of its mouth just above Snug Harbor Subdivision.

            15.

Pearl River Basin Area


    
        a. West Pearl River - within 1/4 mile upstream and downstream of the bridge at Hwy 90.
        
                b. Oxbow Lake” - in its entirety leading to Maple Slough in the Honey Island Swamp area.

                c. Devil's Elbow” - in its entirety from its mouth at the West Pearl River, west and north to Interstate 10    (Ord. No. 02-0589, adopted 12/05/2002)

        d.     Dawes and Oyster Factory Canals” - A portion of Dawes Canal beginning at a line across the canal at a point 800 feet southeast of its intersection with Oyster Factory Canal and extending to a line across Oyster Factory Canal 500 feet southwest of its intersection with Dawes Canal.
(Ord. No. 03-0715, adopted 07/10/2003)

    16.

Abita River

- a portion of the Abita River beginning at its mouth and confluence with the Bogue Falaya River and extending generally northwest to Highway 190 (Ord. No. 03-0795, adopted 12/04/2003)

B. Special Speed Limits and “Dead Slow, No Wake” Zones

    1. Special Speed Limits
    
        a. Unless otherwise officially posted, it shall be unlawful to operate any watercraft in excess of forty-five (45) miles per hour anywhere on the Tchefuncte River between the Highway 22 bridge at Madisonville upstream to the Interstate 12 bridge near Covington.

        b. Unless otherwise officially posted, it shall be unlawful to operate any watercraft in excess of forty-five miles per hour (45 MPH) anywhere on the Pearl River Navigation Canal between Hickory Field and Lock No. 2. This speed limit provides adequate velocity for slalom or barefoot skiing.

    2. General “Dead Slow, No Wake” Zones
    
        a. It shall be unlawful to operate any vessel or watercraft on any waterway in St. Tammany Parish such that its speed exceeds a speed of “Dead Slow” within 100 yards (300 feet) on either side of any public boat launch or commercial fuel dock.

C. Definitions:

    1. “Dead Slow” or “Dead Slow, No Wake” - shall be the minimum possible speed that any vessel or watercraft can travel and still maintain safe steerage.

    2. Watercraft - any vessel or craft powered by any means designed for transport across the surface of water. (Including boats, ships, personal watercraft, barges, seaplanes, hovercrafts...etc).

D. Enforcement: Enforcement of this section of the Code of Ordinances is authorized, directed and empowered to the following entities: agents of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana State Police, agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and any other duly authorized peace officer of the State of Louisiana.



E. Signs: It shall be the duty and obligation of the Parish Department of Public Works or its designees to post and maintain appropriate and visible signs at strategic and appropriate places to notify watercraft operators of the “Dead Slow, No Wake” zones.

F. Exemptions: Exempt herefrom shall be any enforcement watercraft or any watercraft bound on a bona fide life-saving mission.

G. Violation; Penalties: Violation hereof by any operator of any watercraft, other than those exempt, shall be punishable as follows:

    1st Offense _ $ 50.00 and a certificate showing the successful completion of a boating safety course as approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

    2nd Offense _ $100.00 and a certificate showing the successful completion of a boating safety course as approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

    3rd Offense and subsequent offenses _ $300.00 and/or imprisonment in the Parish Jail for up to (30) days

(Ord. No. 98-2881, adopted 6/18/98; Sec. 15-006.00 replaced Sec. 15-006.00 through 15- 006.31; Sec. 15-006.00 item A - 7 amended to add Coin DuLestin in item 7-a by Ord. No. 99- 3061, adopted 4/15/99; Sec. G - 1 and 2 amended by Ord. No. 99-3062, adopted 4/15/99; amended by Ord. No. 99-3203, adopted 11/18/99)

                

WATERWAY SAFETY COMMITTEE



SEC.

15-020.00 Creation and Purpose


    The St. Tammany Parish Waterway Safety Committee was created for the purpose of reviewing and issuing recommendations to the parish governing authority on matters relative to traffic and general safety on the waterways of St. Tammany.(Reso. P.J.S. No. 98-8756, adopted 07/23/98)

SEC.

15-020.01 Members


    Members of the Committee shall consist of representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, waterway user groups and waterfront homeowners groups.

SEC.

15-020.02 Board of Commissioners


    The Board shall be comprised of seven (7) members that are residents of and domiciled within St. Tammany Parish. The Office of the Parish Sheriff shall nominate and exclusively appoint one (1) person domiciled within the parish. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries shall nominate and exclusively appoint one (1) person domiciled within the parish. The Parish Council shall have the authority to nominate and appoint four (4) members. There shall be one (1) member nominated and appointed by the Parish President. (Ord. No. 00-0157, adopted 06/01/2000, amended by Ord. No. 03-0694, adopted 06/05/2003)