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19.16.015 Unsafe Docks or Waterfront Structures.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinances 176955 and 190448, effective July 16, 2021.)  

  1. Whenever the Harbor Master, in their judgement finds that any dock or waterfront structure has become unsafe or dangerous so as to render the same or any portion thereof unsafe to life or property, they shall ask the Director of the Bureau of Development Services to make a survey of the property; if they declares the same to be unsafe to life or property, the Harbor Master shall order the same barricaded with proper fencing, and danger signs posted by day and red lights by night, which shall remain intact until necessary repairs thereto as the engineers report are practicable shall be made.  If the repairs are not practicable, the Harbor Master shall order the removal of the dock or waterfront structure.  If the owner, agent, or lessee of the property shall fail to comply promptly with the order of the Director of the Bureau of Development Services, the Harbor Master shall prohibit the use of the unsafe portion of the dock or waterfront structure for any purpose whatsoever, and shall erect or cause to be erected the necessary barricade, signs, and lights; and if the dock or waterfront structure is to be removed or razed the Director of the Bureau of Development Services shall, with the Harbor Master, remove or have removed any and all of the unsafe portions of the dock or waterfront structure, and all of the expense therefrom shall be paid by and recoverable from the owner, agent, or lessee of any such dock or waterfront structure.  Nothing contained herein shall prevent a condemnation as otherwise provided, nor shall the provisions herein contained relieve the owner, agent, or lessee from the duty of periodically inspecting the property and promptly proceeding thereafter to make all repairs that are practicable.