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(A) Except as provided herein, no person shall camp in any public or private space or public or private street, except in areas specifically designated for such use. CAMP shall mean residing in or using a public or private space for living accommodation purposes, such as sleeping activities, or making preparations to sleep (including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping), or storing personal belongings, (including but not limited to clothing, sleeping bags, bedrolls, blankets, sheets, luggage, backpacks, kitchen utensils, cookware, and similar material), or making any fire or using any tents, regularly cooking meals, or living in a parked vehicle. These activities constitute camping when it reasonably appears, in light of all the circumstances, that a person is using a public space as a living accommodation regardless of his/her intent or the nature of any other activities in which he/she might also be engaging. PRIVATE shall mean affecting or belonging to private individuals, as distinct from the public generally. All police officers are hereby charged with the enforcement of the camping provisions of this chapter.
(B) For the purposes of this section:
(1) PUBLIC SPACE. Shall include the following areas:
(a) Any public park or public beach.
(b) Any public parking lot or public area improved or unimproved.
(2) PUBLIC STREET. Shall include any public street or public sidewalk including public benches.
(3) PRIVATE SPACE. Shall include the following areas:
(a) Any private park or private beach.
(b) Any private parking lot or private area improved or unimproved.
(4) PRIVATE STREET. Shall include any private street or alley including private benches.
(C) Camping on private property shall be lawful if the owner of the private property is present at all times that the camping is occurring and if the camping is occurring accessory to a permitted residential use on property which is zoned for a residential purpose only. However, notwithstanding this exemption, if the camping is creating or maintaining a nuisance, as defined in the Eureka Municipal Code, it shall be unlawful.
('63 Code, § 5-2.01) (Ord. 573-C.S., passed 8-4-94; Am. Ord. 598-C.S., passed 12-19-95) Penalty, see § 10.99