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RULES AND REGULATIONS
DELAWARE STATE PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WILL EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT, December 31, 1993, THE FOLLOWING STATE PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS. ALL PREVIOUS STATE PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS IN CONFLICT WITH THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE RESCINDED.
A. "Division" shall mean the Division of Parks and Recreation of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
B. "Department" shall mean the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
C. "Director" shall mean the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
D. "Secretary" shall mean the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
E. "Authorized Agent" shall mean any employee of the Division or volunteer who has been delegated the authority to perform or cause to be performed, certain designated acts or functions within the scope of his duties.
F. "State" shall mean the State of Delaware.
G. "Resident" shall mean any person, persons or corporations owning a motor vehicle(s) duly registered by the Delaware Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Safety and possessing a valid Delaware Motor Vehicle operator's license.
H. "Permit" shall mean any written license issued by the Department permitting the performance of a specified act or acts.
I. "Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit" means the owner's copy of the written permit and a surf fishing vehicle plate with current year validation sticker affixed.
J. "Vessel" includes every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation.
K. "Snowmobile" means a motor vehicle designed to travel over ice or snow supported in whole or in part by skis, belts, or cleats, or an engine-driven vehicle of a type which uses sled-type runners or skis or an endless belt tread or any combination of these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which it is operated, but does not include any farm tractor, highway or other construction equipment or any military or law enforcement vehicle.
L. "Owner" means a person who holds legal title to a vehicle, vessel or snowmobile.
M. "Operator" means any person who is in actual in physical control of any motor vehicle, vessel, snowmobile or other means of conveyance.
N. "Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
O. "Commission" means the Commission created under Title 4, Del. C., Chapter 3, under the name of "The Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission".
P. "Alcoholic Liquor", "Alcoholic Beverages" include the 4 varieties of liquor defined in 4 Del. C., Section 101 (alcohol, spirits, wine and beer) as well as every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being and any liquid or solid containing more than 1 of the 4 varieties defined in 4 Del. C., Section 101 is considered as belonging to that variety which usually has the higher percentage of alcohol.
Q. "License" means any license, temporary instructor's permit or temporary license issued under the laws of the state pertaining to the licensing of persons to operate motor vehicles or vessels.
R. "Vending" means to: solicit or receive an order for; keep or expose for sale; deliver or value in any other way than purely gratuitously; keep with intent to sell; traffic in; or for any valuable consideration, promise or obtain, directly or indirectly, or under any pretext or by any means whatsoever, procure, or allow to be procured for any other person.
S. "Vendor" means a person who is in the act of vending as defined in these regulations.
T. "Restaurant" means any establishment, provided with special space and accommodation, where, in consideration of payment, food is habitually furnished to a park visitor, and does not include the following types of establishments defined in 4 Del. C., Section 101, tavern or taproom.
U. "Restricted Use Parking Area" means those parking areas which may be set aside and reserved for use by persons patronizing certain facilities within the park. Such areas will be signed designating type of use: i.e., Restaurant Parking, Marina Parking, etc.
V. "Drug Paraphernalia" for the purposes of this chapter shall be defined in Tile 16 Delaware Code, S/S4701 (16,a-l).
W. "Motorized Vehicle" means every vehicle which is self- propelled including, but not limited to, mopeds, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATV) and other two, three, three or four-wheel vehicles.
Section 1.1 -- PURPOSE
It shall be the intent and purpose of the Division of Parks and Recreation to adopt only those minimal Rules and Regulations that are essential to the protection of Park resources and improvements thereto and to the safety, protection and general welfare of the visitors and personnel on properties under its jurisdiction.
Section 1.2 -- SCOPE
Unless otherwise provided by statute, the following shall constitute the Rules and Regulations of the Division of Parks and Recreation and shall govern the use of all applicable lands, recreation areas, historic sites, natural areas, nature preserves, marinas, waters and facilities administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation. No Rule or Regulation herein shall preclude the enforcement of any statute under the Delaware Code.
Section 1.3 -- REGULATION AUTHORITY
In accordance with Title 7, 4702 (c) of the Delaware Code Annotated, all Rules and Regulations of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks and Recreation, shall have the effect of law and shall be published in at least two newspapers, of general circulation in the territory to be affected, 30 days prior to the date the Rules and Regulation become effective, except in the case of an emergency, the Department or Division shall give such advance notice as deemed necessary or desirable.
Section 1.4 -- CONSTRUCTION
a. No Rule or Regulation herein shall be interpreted or construed in such a manner as to prevent or delay authorized personnel of the Department or other state, county or municipal agencies from completing official duties or emergency services.
b. In special circumstances, events or emergencies, the Secretary or Director may, when it is deemed to be in the public interest, waive a specific Rule, Regulation or fee.
c. Failure to enforce a specific Rule or Regulation at a particular instance or instances shall not affect the validity of any other Rule or Regulation or affect the validity of such Rule or Regulation at any other time.
Section 1.5 -- PARK POLICIES
a. The Director, Manager of the Operations and Maintenance Section, Park Administrators and Superintendents, in order to promote the safety and welfare of park visitors and protect and manage property in the parks, shall have the authority to develop reasonable policies for State Parks that are not in conflict with 7 Del. C., Chapter 47 and these Rules and Regulations. These policies must be approved by the Director and posted in a conspicuous place in the park prior to their becoming effective. Copies of all policies shall also be maintained in the office of the Park Superintendent or Administrator of the park.
b. Violation of any park policy shall be grounds for eviction from the park and the denial, revocation or suspension of any permit issued or privilege granted by the Division.
c. The Division shall have the authority to enforce safety rules and/or policies developed in accordance with 1.5a of these Regulations for the protection of visitors and property.
Section 1.6 -- SEVERABILITY
If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, phrase or word of these Rules and Regulations are declared unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of these Rules and Regulations shall remain unimpaired and shall continue in full force and effect, and proceedings thereunder shall not be affected.
Section 1.7 -- TERMS
Any term contained in these Rules and Regulations shall be construed as follows:
a. Any term in the singular shall include the plural and vice versa;
b. Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter;
c. The prohibition of an act shall tend to include an attempt to commit such act and the causing and/or the procuring directly or indirectly of such act;
d. No provision contained in these Rules and Regulations and no act performed by an officer or employee of the Department in the line of duty or in the scope of employment, or any act performed by a person, his agents, or employees in the performance or execution of the terms of an agreement with the Department shall be cause to be deemed unlawful; and
e. Any reference to the Director, Park Administrator, Superintendent or Marina Manager shall include their authorized agent.
Section 1.8 -- PERMIT VIOLATION PENALTIES
The violation of, or the refusal to obey, any Law, these Rules and Regulations, Park Policies or the terms or conditions of any permit issued or privilege granted by the Division shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of any permit issued or privilege granted by the Division, the removal or eviction from State Park lands and/or the denial of future entry to, or the denial or future permits or privileges within State Parks. Any and all applicable permit fees shall be forfeited to, and retained by, the Division. Any such suspension, revocation, removal, eviction or the denial of entry, permit or privilege shall not preclude the prosecution of any person for violation of any Law or these Rules and Regulations.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
a. The Director may limit or close specific public use areas, lands, waters and/or facilities and/or temporarily prohibit certain activities, including possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages within those areas when such action is deemed necessary for property management and/or when it is in the best interest of the health, safety, and the general welfare of the visitors and/or general public.
b. Entering or remaining on lands under the jurisdiction of the Division when such lands are closed or entering or remaining within any building, structure of facility when such building, structure or facility is closed, shall be prohibited without a written permit from the Director.
c. No person shall enter upon or be present upon lands administered by the Division, except as authorized by statute, regulation or written permission from the Director.
d. No structure, facility, building or area administered by the Division will be used for any activity other than that for which it was intended without the prior written permission of the Director.
e. No person shall use or attempt to use a State Park campground as a principle residence or as a base of operations for conducting any type of business either on a permanent or temporary basis.
f. Use of metal detectors on lands under the jurisdiction of the Division shall be prohibited except during normal park hours in the following areas:
g. No person shall collect, excavate, injure, destroy or appropriate prehistoric or historic artifacts or human skeletal remains from lands under the jurisdiction of the Division except with written permission from the Director. Violations under this paragraph may be charged under the provisions of Title 7, Del. C, Chapter 53, Section 5306 or Chapter 54, Section 5411.
The Division shall develop policies as necessary pursuant to Section 1.5a of these Regulations to ensure the safe and efficient operation of its campgrounds. Copies of the Campground Policy shall be kept on file in the Park offices and will be made available to campers at the time of registration.
a. No person shall launch or recover vessels from waters within or bordering on State Park lands except at designated boat launch areas.
b. No person shall operate a vessel except at slow-no-wake speed on any pond or lake or within any marina under the jurisdiction of the Division.
c. All laws, rules and regulations as established by the Department governing boating in the State of Delaware shall apply to all ponds, lakes, rivers, canals, waterways, and marinas owned, leased, licensed or under the jurisdiction of the Division.
d. No person shall operate or use vessels of any type, including inflatable rafts, sailboats, rowboats and canoes on waters administered by the Division without one (1) Coast Guard approved lifejacket or seat cushion on board for each person.
e. No person shall operate any vessel within fifty (50) feet of or through any designated public swimming area within any inland pond under the Division's jurisdiction.
f. No person shall operate any vessel within one hundred (100) feet of a swimmer or any designated swimming or surfboarding area, any swimmer or surfer or the coastline of any ocean beach or inland bay unless designated for such purpose.
g. Vessels and/or trailers shall not be anchored, moored, beached, stored or left unattended between the hours of sunset and 8 a.m. on lands or waters administered by the Division without authorization of the Park Administrator, Superintendent or Marina Manager.
h. Swimming or diving from any vessel, including a seaplane is prohibited in waters under the jurisdiction of the Division.
i. A person renting a vessel from the Division shall comply with the manufacturer's rated capacity for such vessel.
j. Operation of a vessel in a negligent or reckless manner which could endanger life, limb or property is prohibited.
k. Vessels shall not be permitted to dock at Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier or at Fort Delaware dock except in an emergency when in distress. The following stipulations must be adhered to:
l. The parking of leaving overnight of vessels, or vessel trailers in marina parking lots or marina areas shall be prohibited unless prior written permission is given by the Marina Manager. This shall not apply to vessels and trailers legally stored within designated vessel storage areas.
a. Any vessel entering the waters of any marina administered, operated, leased or licensed by the Division shall immediately come under the jurisdiction of the Division. All rules and regulations of the Division, in addition to the laws, rules and regulations governing vessels established by the Department and the U.S. Coast Guard shall apply.
b. No person shall dock or anchor a vessel within the waters of a marina complex administered, operated, leased or licensed by the Division unless the owner master of such vessel pays such fees as required for dockage. Dockage contracts may be obtained from the marina office or from the Marina Manager. This regulation shall not apply to vessels docking at refueling stations to take on fuel.
c. Docking or anchoring of vessels will be permitted only in areas designated by the Marina Manager.
d. No major repair work, other than minor repairs and routine maintenance shall be performed on any vessel within a marina complex administered, operated, leased or licensed by the Division without the approval of the Marina Manager.
e. Refueling of vessels will be permitted only at the designated refueling bulkhead stations. Distributors shall not deliver fuel to vessels docked in a marina administered, operated, leased or licensed by the Division.
f. No refuse, trash, oil or effluents shall be thrown or pumped overboard into the waters of a marina, channel approaches or other areas administered by the Division or Department.
g. Disorderly conduct by vessel owners, their crew or guests shall be cause for cancellation of a pier dockage agreement and any assigned dock or mooring space.
h. Safety precautions must be observed and complied with in all marina areas administered by the Division.
i. Fish cleaning is prohibited within a marina complex, except at authorized fish cleaning facilities that may be provided.
j. No person shall go aboard any vessel docked, anchored or stored within a marina complex, unless such person is accompanied by the owner or master, or has written permission from the owner or master of such vessel.
k. No person shall enter upon the grounds, waters, docks or piers of a marina from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset until one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise except authorized persons such as vessel owners, masters, crew members and passengers returning from or embarking on boating excursions for fishing or pleasure, or authorized persons residing aboard a vessel.
l. The parking or leaving overnight of vessels or vessel trailers in marina parking lots or marina areas shall be prohibited unless prior written permission is given by the Marina Manager. This shall not apply to vessels and trailers legally stored within designated vessel storage areas.
a. Persons swimming
or sunbathing on areas administered by the Division shall be attired in
acceptable swimwear, worn so as to prevent any indecent or lewd exposure
of the person.
b. Swimsuits must be worn when using Division swimming pools. Cut-off jeans, trousers or other clothing not designed and sold as swimwear will not be permitted.
c. Lifeguards shall have the authority to enforce safety rules or policies which are deemed necessary for the protection of the public. Such rules shall be posted in a conspicuous place and shall be on file in the Park Administrator/Superintendent's office. Lifeguards shall have the authority to expel any person or persons who are violating the Park Rules, Regulations and Policies. Swimming outside of designated swimming areas is prohibited.
d. No surfboarding shall be allowed in other than designated surfboarding areas without permission of the Park Superintendent/Administrator.
e. Water skiing or towing of any person on any type of device, other than on another vessel, shall be prohibited on all non-tidal waters administered by the Division, except by written permission of the Director.
f. Use of scuba diving equipment shall be prohibited in all waters administered by the Division, unless written permission is given by the Director. or his authorized agent.
g. The possession of glass containers within any swimming area or on any beach administered by the Division shall be prohibited.
a. No person shall ice skate or enter upon any frozen pond, lake or stream administered by the Division except on areas as may be designated by the Division.
b. Areas where ice skating is permitted by the Division shall be marked and no person shall be permitted on the ice outside of such designated area.
a. Snowmobiles used or operated on lands under the jurisdiction of the Department must be registered with the Department. Exempt from this requirement are snowmobiles owned by non-residents evidenced by a valid registration of another state, province, county or political subdivision thereof, or the United States.
b. Registration of a snowmobile hereunder shall not be deemed to grant permission for operation of a snowmobile on any public roadway or highway or on private property.
a. The Division through its authorized agents shall collect an annual fee and issue an appropriate permit for each four (4) wheel vehicle equipped for travel upon sand beaches for the purpose of surf fishing at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, Fenwick Island State Park, and Beach Plum Island.
b. No person shall operate a vehicle upon the beach areas or dune crossings administered by the Division without a permit for such vehicle as set forth in Section 7, paragraph a.
c. The surf fishing vehicle plate must be properly displayed on the vehicle for which the permit was issued prior to operation on beach areas adminis- tered by the Division.
d. It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle on any authorized dune crossing or on any beach area administered by the Division at any speed that is greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, but never exceeding 15 m.p.h. In every event, speed shall be controlled and limited to that speed necessary to maintain traction and steerage.
e. Operation or use of any permitted surf fishing vehicle on the beaches administered by the Division except for traveling to and from fishing areas for the purpose of actively engaging in surf fishing is prohibited.
f. The Division shall designate areas for surf fishing vehicle use on beaches under its jurisdiction. These areas shall be marked with symbol signs indicating 24-hour access, limited access and no access. Operation of a vehicle in an area not authorized for such use or during times and/or dates the area is closed to vehicles shall be a violation of this regulation.
g. The use or operation of any vehicle whatsoever, on, over, or across the sand dunes on Division lands is expressly prohibited, except when it is a vehicle displaying a valid Delaware Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit and is crossing dunes at authorized dune crossings, which are designated and maintained for that purpose by the Division.
h. Beach areas, including surf fishing areas, may be closed to pedestrians and vehicles, in whole or in part, for resource protection or for health, welfare, and/or safety reasons for such a period as may be determined by the Department. Unauthorized entry into a posted and/or barricaded closed area shall be a violation of this regulation.
i. It shall be a violation of this Section to loan a Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit, or to use or attempt to use a Surf Fishing Vehicle Permit on any vehicle other than the vehicle it is assigned to. In addition to other action that may be taken, the permit will be confiscated and held as evidence.
j. The Director shall have the right to suspend Surf Fishing Vehicle Permits for up to 90 days or to revoke permits for up to three (3) years for conviction of reckless operation of a surf fishing vehicle or operation of a surf fishing vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs on lands administered by the Division or for violations of these regulations.
a. Vehicles operated on lands administered by the Division shall be in compliance with all State statutes, laws, rules and regulations.
b. No person shall operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle, motor bike or other two or three-wheeled motor driven vehicle upon any lands administered by the Division, unless said person has been issued and is the holder of a valid license or permit to operate said vehicle on public highways and roadways.
c. No person shall authorize or permit a motor vehicle of any type owned by him or under his control to be driven by any person on lands administered by the Division, knowing that said person has no legal right to do so, or shall authorize or permit said vehicle to be driven in violation of any of the provisions of the said Division's Rules and Regulations.
d. The driver of a motor vehicle when on lands administered by the Division shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle, the traffic and the condition of the roadway or area.
e. Every driver shall yield preferential right-of-way at an intersection or other place indicated by stop signs or yield signs authorized and installed by the Division.
f. Specific motor vehicle speed limits on lands administered by the Division:
g. No person shall operate a motor vehicle on lands administered by the Division in a careless or imprudent manner without due regard for road, weather and traffic conditions.
h. An operator and/or passenger of a motorcycle under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet of a type approved by the Secretary of Public Safety.
i. An operator of a motor vehicle shall not permit any person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle to attach same or himself to any motor vehicle being operated on lands administered by the Division.
j. No person, while on lands administered by the Division, shall ride upon any vehicle without the consent of the driver, and when any person is riding on any vehicle with the driver's consent, no part of the person's body may protrude beyond the limits of the vehicle.
k. No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle on lands administered by the Division, unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.
l. No vehicle shall be driven, moved or parked on any lands administered by the Division unless so loaded or constructed as to prevent its contents from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom.
m. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or any other type of vehicle within any area administered by the Division except on such roads or areas specifically designated by the Division for such purpose.
n. No driver shall at any time drive to the left of a solid center line on a roadway when operating a vehicle on lands administered by the Division.
a. It shall be unlawful to stop, park or leave unattended any motor vehicle on any roadways, berms, trails, no parking zones or in any other areas not specifically designated as a parking area on lands administered by the Division.
b. It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to remain on lands administered by the Division after "closing hours" for any day-use areas closed from sunset until 8 a.m.
c. It shall be unlawful to leave any motor vehicle unattended on lands administered by the Division for a period exceeding 24 hours, without prior notification to the Park Administrator or Superintendent or written approval from the Director.
d. Any officer empowered to enforce Division Rules and Regulations during the performance of his duties may remove or cause to be removed from any lands administered by the Division, at the owner's or operator's expense, any motor vehicle, camping unit, or part thereof, parked or standing illegally or in violation of these regulations.
e. A summons in appropriate form adopted by the Division may be attached to an unattended vehicle found in violation of any of the provisions of these Rules and Regulations.
(1) If the identity of an operator of an unattended vehicle in violation is not otherwise apparent, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible.
Anyone riding a bicycle or propelling a vehicle by human power shall have all the rights and all the duties applicable to the operator of any other vehicle referenced within these Regulations and shall be in compliance with all State laws, rules and regulations when operating on lands administered by the Division.
a. Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis or similar devices is prohibited on lands administered by the Division except in areas which may be designated for such use.
b. Persons on skateboards, roller skates, coasters, sleds or toy vehicles are prohibited from being towed or propelled by a motor vehicle on lands administered by the Division.
a. No person shall voluntarily bring, land or cause to descend or alight on or upon any lands or waters administered by the Division any aircraft, flying machine, balloon, parachute or other apparatus for aviation except with the prior consent of the Director. "Voluntarily" shall mean for purposes of this paragraph anything other than a forced or emergency landing.
b. Flying of radio-controlled model aircraft or the launching of model rockets shall not be permitted in areas administered by the Division except in areas set aside and designated for such purposes. Special policies regarding insurance and operating conditions will be posted.
a. No person shall ride or lead a horse through any area or upon any roadway, trail or path administered by the Division unless such area, trail, roadway or path is designated for such use by the Division.
b. Horses shall be permitted on ocean beach areas administered by the Division provided they stay within the same boundaries as those designated for surf fishing vehicles under Regulation 7.0 (f).
c. Except guide dogs accompanying blind and/or deaf persons, dogs and other domesticated animals, shall not be permitted within or upon designated picnic areas, nature trails, public buildings, structures and other designated areas administered by the Division.
a. Disorderly conduct is unlawful and may be enforced against any person who intentionally causes public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to any other person or who creates a risk thereof by:
b. No person shall expose themselves in any manner which would be considered as indecent exposure or perform any lewd act which they know is likely to be observed by others who would be affronted or alarmed by such act or exposure on lands or waters or in facilities administered by the Division.
c. Gambling is prohibited and no person shall bring into any area administered by the Division, with the intention of engaging in a game of chance for money or other valuables, any implement or device commonly used or intended for gambling purposes.
d. Practicing, playing or using equipment pertaining to archery or golf on lands administered by the Division is prohibited except in those areas specifically designated for such use.
e. The playing of games on lands administered by the Division involving thrown objects such as hardballs, frisbees, horseshoes, etc. shall be restricted to such areas set aside for such activities.
f. No person while on lands administered by the Division shall, without a valid written permit, use any radio or other sound-producing device or article which, in any way, may annoy or disturb a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.
g. No person, while on lands administered by the Division, shall at any time use a horn other than as a reasonable warning signal or make any unnecessary or unreasonable harsh sound by means of a horn or other amplified warning devices.
h. Reasonable quiet must be maintained at all times within all overnight facilities, particularly between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Unnecessary loud noises or disturbances of any nature, which are disturbing to others, shall be prohibited.
No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire on lands administered by the Division, unless said fire is in a designated area and confined within fireplaces, grills, fire rings or other equipment designed for the purpose of containing cooking fires.
The possession, explosion or discharge of any firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets or other fireworks or explosives in areas administered by the Division is prohibited, except with prior written permission of the Director.
No person shall leave fuel containers open and/or unattended within boat launch areas, docks, piers or bulkheads or on lands under the jurisdiction of the Division.
a. It shall be unlawful to place, dump, deposit, throw or leave any garbage, refuse, trash, cans, bottles or other debris of any kind within or upon any public beach, lands or waters administered by the Division, except in receptacles provided for such purpose.
b. Disposing or discharging of solid waste on lands or waters under the jurisdiction of the Division is prohibited. Violators may be charged under Title 7,Delaware Code, Chapter 60, subsection 6025(b).
c. Unless specifically authorized by the Department for management, research or educational purposes, the cutting, injuring or removal of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, mosses, or other plants from lands administered by the Division and the defacing, damaging, removing or altering any structures, buildings, natural land features, or other park property or equipment, or the willful harming, collecting, or possessing of wildlife, flora or fauna is prohibited.
d. Walking on, over or across a primary dune administered by the Division, except at locations specified by the Department or Division for such use, shall be prohibited.
e. Operating a motor vehicle in such a manner as to cause willful, wanton or reckless damage to lands administered by the Division, commonly known as "turfing", is prohibited and shall be a violation of this Section.
f. Use of dedicated state nature preserves shall be limited to posted trails and permitted activities. Property violations are enforceable under these Rules and Regulations and 7 Del. C., Chapter 73.
a. Bicycle riders shall yield to horseback riders and/or hikers encountered on multiple use trails administered by the Division. Bike riders shall come to a complete stop and allow horseback riders and/or hikers to pass.
b. Horseback riders shall yield to hikers encountered on multiple use trails administered by the Division. The horseback rider shall stop and remain stopped until the hiker passes.
a. In order to maintain the recreational nature of State Parks as a haven for the public from the rigors of work and the commercial environment, and to promote the State's interest in its concessions and sales to the public, no commercial advertising by the distribution or posting of printed matter, other than by the State or its concessionaires, shall be permitted in State Parks.
b. Public meetings, assemblies, gatherings, demonstrations and/or the distribution or posting of printed matter are allowed on lands administered by the Division provided a permit or approval to do so has been issued by the Park Administrator or Superintendent.
c. An application for such a permit shall set forth the name of the applicant, the name of the organization (if any), the date, time, duration and the number of persons expected to attend or participate, the location of the proposed distribution or posting of printed matter, and a statement designating the equipment and facilities to be used in connection therewith. The application shall be submitted to the Park Administrator or Superinten- dent at least 72 hours in advance of the proposed event, distribution or posting.
d. The Park Administrator or Superintendent shall within 48 hours issue a permit unless:
e. The Park Superintendent or Administrator shall designate on a map, which shall be available in the Park office, the locations available for public assemblies and/or distribution or posting of printed matter. Locations may be designated as not available only if such activity would:
f. The permit may contain such conditions as are reasonably consistent with protection and use of the area for the purposes for which it is maintained.
g. Persons engaged in the distribution or posting of printed matter under this Section shall not obstruct or impede pedestrians or vehicles, harass visitors with physical contact or verbal demands, misrepresent the purposes or affiliations of those engaged in the distribution or misrepresent whether the printed matter is available without cost or donation.
h. A permit may be revoked under any of those con- ditions as listed in paragraph d of this Section which constitutes grounds for denial of a permit, or for violation of the terms or conditions of the permit, Park Regulations or Park Policies. Such a revocation shall be made in writing with the reason(s) for revocation clearly set forth, except under emergency circumstances, when an immediate verbal revocation or suspension may be made, to be followed by a written confirmation.
a. Vending of merchandise, services or food upon lands administered by the Division is prohibited without the express written approval of the Director.
b. No person shall solicit for money or goods on any lands administered by the Division without the written permission of the Director.
a. The sale of alcoholic beverages without a permit from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and written permission from the Director is prohibited on lands and waters administered by the Division.
b. No person under the age of twenty-one (21) years shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages of any type. Any person suspected of being in violation of this subsection, who fails to provide sufficient identification to prove otherwise may, in addition to any other action taken, be evicted without refund of any fee.
c. No person who is of legal age to possess or consume alcoholic beverages shall sell, give or in any way provide alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years.
d. No person under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or any other drug, to the extent of being considered publicly intoxicated, shall enter or remain upon or within lands or waters administered by the Division.
e. The unlawful possession, use or consumption of nar- cotics, drugs, drug substances or controlled sub- stances and/or drug paraphernalia as listed and defined in Title 16, Delaware Code is expressly prohibited upon lands or waters or within facilities administered by the Division.
f. The possession, consumption, or public display of alcoholic beverages or intoxicating liquors within or upon the following areas is prohibited:
g. No person shall operate or be in actual physical control of any motorized vehicle, vessel, bicycle or other means of conveyance while under the influence of alcohol or any drug.
h. The bringing in of draft beer in kegs or by a vehicle equipped to dispense draft beer shall not be permitted upon lands administered by the Division without prior written permission from the Director.
a. No person shall hunt, pursue, trap, shoot, injure, kill or molest in any way by gun, archery equipment or dog any wild bird or animal on lands or waters administered by the Division, nor shall any person have any such wild bird or animal in his possession; provided however, that such wild bird or animal was not hunted, pursued, trapped, injured or killed by gun, archery equipment or dog in areas designated by the Division for hunting when such hunting is lawful.
b. Hunting may be permitted on certain areas as designated by the Division during legal game seasons set forth by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Hunting shall be in accordance with State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
c. It shall be unlawful to display, possess or discharge firearms of any description, air rifles, B.B. guns, sling shots or archery equipment upon any lands or waters administered by the Division, except by those persons lawfully hunting in those areas specifically designated for hunting by the Division, or except with prior written approval of the Director.
d. A Division Hunting Permit, in addition to a valid Delaware hunting license, is required for hunting on lands administered by the Division which are opened for hunting. Permits shall be issued by the Park Administrator or Park Superintendent and shall be valid for the entire hunting season unless revoked for violations of hunting laws, rules or regulations. All hunting activities shall be regulated by permit and all permit holders shall abide by the conditions of said permit(s). The permit shall not be valid for deer hunting on any park where a drawing is held for assignment of deer stands or hunting areas. A special permit is required on areas that regulate deer hunting by lottery. Persons hunting on State Park lands without a valid Division Hunting Permit or a special Deer Hunting Permit, when required, shall be in violation of these Regulations.
e. Persons under the influence of alcoholic beverages, liquors or drugs or possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages, liquors or drugs shall not be permitted to hunt on Division lands.
f. Fishing shall be permitted, in accordance with the laws and regulations as set forth by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for non-tidal waters.
g. The disturbance of nesting or interference with the raising of young of wildlife, including amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals on any lands or waters administered by the Division is prohibited.
h. No person, pet or vehicle shall be permitted to enter an area designated and posted by the Division as a birdnesting/breeding area.
i. It shall be prohibited for any person to bring in or otherwise introduce any species of domestic or wild animal onto lands administered by the Division.
a. No person shall use or gain admittance to, or attempt to use or gain admittance to, any area or facilities for which a rate, fee or charge is made by the Division or Department unless he pays the rate, fee or charge established by said Division or Department.
b. The purchase or resale of a daily entrance fee ticket, except through an authorized Division agent, is prohibited.
c. The use or attempt to use any altered daily entrance fee ticket is prohibited.
d. The vehicle permit for entering a State Park shall be affixed to a conspicuous place on the vehicle as designated by the Division. Adhesive backing on the permit shall be used to attach the permit to the vehicle. Use of any other material or device to attach the permit shall be prohibited.
a. No person shall make use of or attempt to make use of any State Park pavilion or other facility which has been reserved, unless they are a member of the family or group reserving the pavilion or facility.
b. No person, group or organization shall schedule, hold or conduct an activity or event which requires special arrangements, considerations and/or planning by the staff unless a written request is submitted to the Director for approval at least 72 hours prior to the holding of the activity or event. Such special arrangements, considerations and/or planning may include but not be limited to: traffic and crowd control, parking, special equip- ment and the use of facilities for activities other than their intended purposes.
a. In accordance with the provision set forth in the Delaware Code Annotated, Title 7, Section 4701 (a) (8), the Division may employ personnel who shall have all the powers of investigation, detention and arrest, conferred by law on peace officers, sheriffs, or constables for the enforcement of the Division Rules and Regulations.
b. Powers, duties and functions of Environmental Protection Officers:
c. Each employee vested with the enforcement responsibility as authorized in paragraphs a and b shall be required to show proper identification as issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control or other county or state law enforcement agencies.
d. No person shall willfully fail or refuse to com- ply with any lawful order or direction of any Enforcement Officer on lands or waters administered by the Division.
e. Anyone interfering with enforcement personnel during the performance of their duty in enforcing these regulations shall be cited for "interfering with enforcement personnel in the performance of his or her duty".
a. In accordance with the provisions set forth in the Delaware Code Annotated, Title 7, Section 4702(a), whoever violates the Rules and Regula- tions promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks and Recreation, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $250.00 and costs for each offense or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days or both. For each subsequent like offense, he/she shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00. In addition to such fines, costs or imprisonment, any person who is convicted of any violation involving the damage, destruction or removal of property owned or administered by the State shall be required to make restitution to the Department for replacement or restoration of such property. Furthermore, in lieu of or in addition to the aforesaid penalties, the court may order violators convicted of violations involving the damage, destruction or removal of State Park property to perform work projects in State Parks.
b. Justices of the Peace shall severally throughout the State have jurisdiction of violations of the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks and Recreation, with the condition that any person arrested for such violation be taken before the closest available magistrate in the county where such violation is alleged to have occurred. An arresting officer may issue a summons to any person arrested for any violation of these Rules and Regulations and have said person appear at a subsequent date at the Justice of the Peace Court which is the nearest available Justice of the Peace to the place of arrest during the regularly scheduled hours of said court. For the purposes of this Section, the summons for later appearance shall be sufficient to grant jurisdiction over the offense to the said nearest available Justice of the Peace. A Justice of the Peace is available when he is at his office or court.
c. Failure to answer any summons issued for violations of these Rules and Regulations shall result in an additional charge of Failure to Answer Summons.
d. Nothing contained herein shall preclude an action being brought in a court of equity for injunctive or other relief.
These Amended Rules and Regulations are to take full force and effect at midnight, December 31, 1993.
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