|No drinking, cussing or shark fishing among rules OK'd for new Lake Worth pier
By Willie Howard
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 6:11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012
City commissioners formalized rules Tuesday for the new $1.9 million Snook Islands Natural Area Public Use Facilities – a fishing pier, floating boat docks, a nature boardwalk and kayak launch that opened Feb. 29 north of the Lake Avenue Bridge.
Rules for the new Snook Islands facilities and the Bryant Park fishing jetty were added to the city code governing the ocean fishing pier.
They were approved in a 3-2 vote with Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and Mayor Pam Triolo dissenting, saying they would like to see lighting and security cameras added to the Snook Islands facilities before approving hours of operations.
The fishing pier, boat docks and kayak launch will be open 6 a.m. until midnight. (The nature boardwalk hours are sunrise to sunset.)
Commissioner Andy Amoroso said he has been to the new fishing pier at night and noted that it is not extremely dark because of lights from the Lake Avenue Bridge.
The rules include:
* No overnight boat docking. Boaters can use the floating docks at their own risk. The city will not be responsible for damage to or theft from boats moored there.
* Fishing is not allowed on the nature boardwalk.
* Shark fishing, trapping/netting of fish, littering, profane language, pets, skating and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
* Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, and parents are considered liable for the conduct of their minor children.
Violations of the pier ordinance are punishable by fines up to $500, up to 60 days in jail or both.
Signs, running water, bait-cutting stations and garbage cans have been added to the pier, Leisure Services Director Juan Ruiz said.
Lighting and security cameras are planned, Ruiz said.
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