December 13, 2016

MEMO TO:    Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Ordinance Amending Chapter 5 – Beach and Shore Regulations - of the Code of Ordinances Regarding Beach Driving Permit Decals - (Summary & Suggested Motions)

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider the attached ordinance amendment that clarifies the Town’s requirements for the placement of beach driving permit decals.  The ordinance amendment is requested by the Police Department in order to make it easier to enforce the Town’s beach driving ordinance and insure that only permitted drivers are on the beach strand.

The Town’s current ordinance simply requires the placement of the beach driving permit decal on the windshield, and different drivers place the decals in different locations.  Additionally, many drivers retain previous years’ decals on the windshield, and both actions make it more difficult for the Police Department (and concerned citizens) to efficiently determine if the driver has a current and valid beach driving permit.  The attached ordinance amendment simply stipulates that the decal be placed in the lower corner on the driver’s side, and requires all previous years’ decals to be removed.    

The Town’s ordinance currently requires the beach driving permit decal to be permanently affixed to the windshield, however, there have been instances where the decal has been temporarily affixed such that it is removable, and then shared with others illegally.  The attached ordinance amendment specifically grants the Police Department the authority to immediately revoke permit decals that are being used illegally. 

The Board should note that, although not codified in the Code of Ordinances, the Town also requires regional beach access parking decals to be permanently affixed in the lower corner on the driver’s side, and that practice will continue.  There should be ample room for both beach driving permit decals and regional beach access parking decals in that area, and the two decals intentionally utilize different shapes and colors.

Interim Police Chief Tony Reese will present this item to the Board, and will be available to answer any questions at the December 13 meeting.