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(A) It is unlawful to abandon a watercraft or outboard motor on the public land or waters of this state or the town, or on private property without permission of the property owner. This section does not apply to persons who abandon a watercraft in an emergency for the safety of the person onboard. However, after the emergency is over, the owner and operator of the abandoned watercraft shall make a bona fide attempt to recover the watercraft.
(B) A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, or imprisoned up to 30 days, or both. In addition, the owner must remove the abandoned watercraft within 14 days of conviction. The Town Municipal Court is vested with jurisdiction for cases arising under this section.
(C) An abandoned watercraft must be removed at the risk and expense of its owner.
(Ord. 08068, passed 2-10-09)