Whenever the following words and phrases appear in this chapter, they shall be given the meanings attributed to them by this section. When not inconsistent with the text, words used in the present tense shall include the plural, and the singular; the word "shall" is always mandatory, and the word "may" indicates the use of discretion in making a decision.
BUOY LINE: An invisible straight line existing between two (2) adjacent buoys.
MOTORBOAT: Any vessel propelled by machinery, which is powered by an energy source other than human effort, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion.
NIGHT: The period between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset until one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.
NO WAKE ZONE: An area that limits the speed of any watercraft to a speed that will produce no visible track of turbulence as the watercraft moves through the water.
OPERATOR: Any person who controls the direction or propulsion of any vessel.
OTHER WASTES: Includes, but is not limited to, debris, paper, litter, glass or plastic bottles or containers, glass, nails, tacks, hooks, cans, barbed wire, steel barrels, tires, boards, trash, garbage, lighted materials, wood debris, grass clippings, leaves, dead animals, oil, tar, vehicles or any other matter.
RESTRICTED AREA: Any area designated by the Benewah County commissioners or with their authorization as an area to be designated for swimming, scuba diving, waterskiing or any other purpose deemed appropriate by the Benewah County commissioners and marked with buoys or signs as set forth in this chapter.
SEWAGE: Human bodily wastes and the wastes from toilets and other receptacles intended to receive or retain bodily wastes.
SKI AREA: That area reserved for the landing or embarking of motorboats towing skis, surfboards, freeboards or other devices ridden on or by any person.
VESSEL: Shall include every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the waters of Benewah County, Idaho.
WAKE: Any visible turbulence or breaking wave resulting from the passing of the bow of the vessel through the water.
WATERCRAFT: Those devices designed as a means of transportation on water. The following devices are not considered watercraft: diver's aids operated and designed primarily to propel a diver below the surface of the water; and nonmotorized devices including inflatable air mattresses, single inner tubes, and beach and water toys not designed as a means of transportation on water. (Ord. 86, 7-10-1995)