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(a) Title. This section shall be known and cited as the "Sharon Loitering Ordinance."
(b) Definitions. As used in this section:
(1) "Loitering" means remaining idle in essentially one location and includes the concepts of spending time idly, to be dilatory, to linger, to stay, to saunter, to delay and to stand around, and also includes the colloquial expressions "hanging around" and "shuffling about. "
(2) "Public place" means any place in which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose, but does not necessarily mean a place devoted solely to the uses of the public. The term includes the front or immediate area of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and also public grounds, areas and parks.
(c) Prohibition. No person shall loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle, either alone or in consort with others, in a public place in such a manner as to:
(1) Obstruct any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians; or
(2) Commit in or upon any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building any act or thing which is an obstruction to or interference with the free and uninterrupted use of property, or to or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in or upon or facing or fronting on any such public street, public highway, public sidewalk or other public place or building, all of which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress, egress and regress therein, thereon and thereto.
(d) Violations. When any person violates paragraph (c) (1) or (c) (2) hereof, a police officer or any law enforcement officer shall order that person to stop causing or committing such violation and to move on or disperse. No person shall fail or refuse to obey such an order.
(Ord. 38-80. Passed 10-22-80.)