15-950.00 Unauthorized Airboa

ts Prohibited

EDITORIAL NOTE: This Article previously established by Ord. 94-1941, adopted 03/17/94, was rescinded and replaced per the following in accordance with Ord. 06-1449 adopted 12/07/2006.

    It is recognized that the use of Airboats on real property without the express written permission of land owners poses eminent hazards within the Parish of St. Tammany; therefore, it shall be unlawful for any commercial or recreational Airboat to commit a trespass on private or public real property.


15-951.00 Airboat Definition

    1. “Airboat” shall be defined as any water craft propelled by means of an air propeller powered by an engine of at least twenty five (25) horsepower.

    2. “Idle” speed and “No Wake Zone” shall mean bare steerage speed, the slowest speed the vessel can travel while allowing the operator to maintain directional control of the vessel to produce the minimum water surface turbulence.

    3. “Sign” means any 'No Trespass' or 'Posted'sign or signs placed on immovable real property in such place or places where the sign(s) may reasonably be expected to be seen. A sign forbidding entry on the property shall be conspicuously posted or exhibited at the entrances of said property regulated by this section.


15-952.00 Operation of Airboats

    A. It shall be unlawful to operate an Airboat at more than idle speed within three hundred (300') feet of a public boat launch, a public docking facility adjacent to a public boat launch or any residence within the boundaries of unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.

    B. Airboats shall at all times be operated in compliance with all parish, state and federal laws and regulations, and any restrictions placed on the use of the Airboats in a letter of no objection or other use-specific written permission issued by any affected property owner(s).

    C. No person shall go upon or remain in or upon or attempt to go into or upon any immovable real property which belongs to another, for the purpose of operating or using an Airboat, after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, including by means of any sign placed in conformity with this Article, by any owner, lessee, or custodian of the property or by any other person authorized by any such persons.


15-953.00 Enforcement

    Enforcement of this Article is authorized , directed, and empowered to state and local law enforcement agencies, and duly commissioned officers with state or federal wildlife and fisheries agencies.

    No person shall be convicted of violating trespass provision of this Ordinance if a sign was not in place at the time of the alleged violation. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, without the permission of the landowner, any properly posted “No Trespass” sign posted or exhibited at the entrances of any property in accordance with this Ordinance.


15-954.00 Exemptions

    This Article shall not apply to any emergency, police, fire, ambulance, or other government vessels, Airboats or other water craft when same is being operated in an official capacity. In addition, no person shall be found in violation of this Article by reason of being upon property without authorization when the reason for such is a maritime or other emergency.

SEC. 15-955.00 Penalty

    Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Article; or who violates or fail to comply with any order made hereunder, within the time fixed therein, shall severally for each and every violation and noncompliance, respectively, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than ONE HUNDRED ($100.00) DOLLARS nor more than FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both such fines and imprisonment. Each day that any violation of this Article continues shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 06-1449, adopted 12/07/2006)

SECS. 15-951.00 - 15-974.99 Reserved