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Rule 27. Refuse, trash, and destruction of park property

  • (a) No person shall deposit or drop or place any refuse including bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, tobacco products or containers of foil upon the ground or on any other park property except in receptacles provided for trash disposal. At no time shall any petroleum products be disposed of on park property except into those containers provided at marina facilities for that purpose.

  • (b) No person shall bring to or use any water or beverage container made of glass on any beach available to the public in the unincorporated area of the County.

  • (c) No person shall deposit into any recycle bin or container any material other than that for which it is intended. (Ord. No. 59-14, Rules, Art. 5, § 2, 6-16-59; Ord. No. 86-64, § 1, 9-16-86; Ord. No. 95-82, § 1, 5-2-95)
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Rule 28. Noise

No person entering or upon parks, recreation and open space areas shall make excessive unnecessary noise and all provisions of Chapter 21-28 and 21-28.1 of the Miami-Dade County Code shall apply to and be enforced in all park areas

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Rule 29. Merchandising, vending, peddling, etc.

No person, organization or firm other than licensed concessionaires permitted by and acting under the authority of the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will expose or offer for sale, rent or trade, any article or thing, or station or place any stand, cart, or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any article or merchandise within the limits of any parks, recreation and open spaces area. (Ord. No. 59-14, Rule, Part 2, Art. 3, § 4, 6-16-59; Ord. No. 85-56, § 3, 7-16-85)

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Rule 30. Advertising and publicity and signs

No person shall advertise or obtain publicity through any means whatsoever within or upon any park property, except as permitted by Article 6 of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter. To insure compliance, specific approval in advance and in writing from the Department Director is required and such approval shall be so worded as to prohibit damage to or marring of park property or vegetation, disturbance of park patrons or the display of anything unsightly or in disharmony with park beauty. (Ord. No. 59-14, Rules, Part 2, Art 3, § 5, 6-16-59)

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Rule 31. Public demonstration, gatherings, performances, speeches, etc.

The County Manager in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department Director has the responsibility and authority to establish guidelines for the permitting for demonstrations, gatherings, performances or other mass assemblages at County parks. Such rules and regulations shall be codified in Administrative Order 8-3, as amended, and be readily accessible to the public.

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Rule 32. Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol intoxication

No person who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will be permitted entry to parks or recreation areas and if discovered therein will be ejected forthwith.

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Rule 33. Intoxicating liquors, beer, wine, etc.

Drinking of alcoholic liquors or beverages and the bringing of such into the park areas shall be permitted only under the circumstances set forth in the following paragraphs:

  • (a) At certain special specifically designated facilities where meals or lunches are served under concession privileges, the sale of alcoholic liquors or alcoholic beverages by such concessionaire or his employees will be permitted under strict regulation, being restricted to certain hours of the day and under the special authorization and control of the Department. Such sales shall be made only in individual cups (not in original packages or otherwise in bulk) and shall be served for consumption on the immediate premises of the concession and such sales of beer and wine are to be permitted only in open containers for consumption on the immediate premises of the concession except that the sale of unopened containers through concessions furnishing boats will be permitted.
  • (b) At picnic parties during hours of noon to sundown; and can only be consumed at picnic shelter areas or areas specifically designated by the Department Director. Special events as designated by the Department Director shall be exempt from the provisions of this paragraph.
  • (c) Owners of boats or vessels regularly docked or moored at or in park marina areas, or occupants of cabanas, shall be permitted to transport alcoholic liquors or beverages across park properties for use on board said boats, vessels, or in cabanas only. (Ord. No. 59-14, Rules, Part 2, Art 4, § 1, 6-16-59; Ord. No. 97-36, § 1, 5-6-97)
  • (d) The consumption of alcoholic beverages is specifically prohibited by those directing, participating in, or spectators of any athletic events, and in particular youth activities and programs organized by the County or self-organized and authorized under permit by the Department.
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Rule 34. Proper use of facilities

  • (a) No person over the age of ten (10) shall occupy such seats or benches or enter into such pavilions or other park structures or sections thereof that are reserved or designed by the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department for the exclusive use of the opposite sex unless providing personal assistance to a person with a disability, when no unisex facility exists. Children ten (10) years of age and under entering such opposite sex facilities must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • (b) No person will loiter in or around any restroom, dressing room or bathhouse, picnic shelter, wooded or natural area. (Ord. No. 59-14, Rules, Part 2, Art. 3, § 8, 6-16-59)
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Rule 35. Gambling

No person or organization shall conduct raffles, bingo games, or card games for money or drawings for prizes or participate in any other forms of gambling within park limits. (Ord. No 59-14, Rules, Part 2, Art. 3, § 2, 6-16-59)

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Rule 36. Authority of Miami-Dade Police Department officials and Park Department officials

  • (a)  It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Miami-Dade Police Department to enforce all State laws, County ordinances, and in conjunction with Department employees, enforce all regulations and rules as well as all provisions of permits issued by the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department within the following areas of the County:
    • All parks and other areas maintained and operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department;
    • All beaches and ocean areas east of the State designated erosion control line and made available to the public in the unincorporated area of the County and in municipalities.
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Section 8CC-10. Schedule of civil penalties.

Code Civil Section  Description of Violation    Penalty  
26-1 Rule 3(a) Driving on other than approved park roadways    100.00
26-1 Rule 3(b) Stopping on, or obstructing park roadways  100.00
26-1 Rule 4 Truck or commercial vehicle on restricted roadway w/out authorization 100.00
26-1 Rule 5 Other types of vehicles on any but vehicular roads   
Subsequent offenses
26-1 Rule 6(a) Parking in undesignated space or location 100.00
26-1 Rule 6(b) Violation of overnight parking restriction     100.00
26-1 Rule 7(a) Towing of vehicles on park managed beaches    100.00
26-1 Rule 7(b) Providing taxi service w/out authorization  100.00
26-1 Rule 7(c) Vehicle repair or cleaning on park property  100.00
26-1 Rule 8(b) Defacement or destruction of park property   100.00
26-1 Rule 8(c) Removal of plants or plant material 100.00
26-1 Rule 8(d) Excavation in archeological sensitive areas of parks 100.00
26-1 Rule 8(e) Construction or encroachment w/out authorization 100.00
26-1 Rule 8(f) Lighting a fire or dumping in other than designated areas   100.00
26-1 Rule 8(g) Leaving a park w/out extinguishing a fire     100.00
26-1 Rule 8(h) Burning or defacing park equipment 100.00
26-1 Rule 9(a) Molesting, harming or removal of wild animals from park property w/out authorization  100.00
26-1 Rule 9(b) Feeding of any zoo animals  100.00
26-1 Rule 9(c) Dumping or leaving wild or domestic animals in parks   100.00
26-1 Rule 10(b) Introduction of exotic animal or leaving any animal in a park  100.00
26-1 Rule 10(c) Feeding of animals in or adjacent to a park  
Subsequent offenses
26-1 Rule 11 Entering a park with a domesticated animal, in other than designated area 100.00
26-1 Rule 12(a) Operating an aerial apparatus on park property w/out authorization 100.00
26-1 Rule 12(b) Flying lower than 1000 feet above populated park 100.00
26-1 Rule 13(a) Trespassing on park property after operating hours    100.00
26-1 Rule 13(b) Unauthorized entry onto a park that is in an unfinished state or under construction   100.00 
26-1 Rule 16(a) Swimming in other than designated park area 100.00
26-1 Rule 16(b) Swimming with a floatation device in parks  100.00
26-1 Rule 16(c) Erecting of structures on or in beach areas     100.00
26-1 Rule 17 Fishing in a park in other than designated areas    100.00
26-1 Rule 18(a) Entering a park with a weapon other than designated facilities 100.00
26-1 Rule 19(a) Possession or use of explosives or other incendiary devises on park property  100.00
26-1 Rule 20(a) Picnicking or cooking in a park in other than designated areas  100.00
26-1 Rule 21 Horseback riding in a park in other than designated areas   100.00
26-1 Rule 22(a) Bringing a watercraft in a park in other than designated areas 100.00
26-1 Rule 22(b) Unauthorized mooring within 200 ft of park or marina 100.00
26-1 Rule 22(c) Docking or boating in park water other than under permit   100.00
26-1 Rule 22(d) Creation of excessive noise by boats in park waters   100.00
26-1 Rule 23 Commercial marina activity within park waters w/out permit  100.00
26-1 Rule 24(a) Failure to follow Picnic Shelter Permit restrictions  100.00
26-1 Rule 24(b) Solicitation, collection of funds, ticket sales within a park 100.00
26-1 Rule 25 Camping w/out permit or in other than designated  area 100.00
26-1 Rule 26 Pollution of park waters 100.00
26-1 Rule 27(a) Depositing of trash or garbage on park grounds 100.00
26-1  Rule 27(b) Possession of glass containers on park beaches 100.00
26-1 Rule 27(c) Use of recycle bin for other than intended purpose on park property    100.00
26-1 Rule 29 Illegal merchandising, vending, or peddling 100.00
26-1 Rule 30 Advertising on park property w/out authorization  100.00
26-1 Rule 31 Public demonstration, gatherings and performances without specific authorization 100.00
26-1 Rule 33(d) consumption of alcohol at youth athletic events  100.00
26-1 Rule 34(a) Entering facilities designated for opposite sex (child exclusion) 100.00
26-1 Rule 34(b)  Loitering in or about park restrooms, dressing room, bath house or nature area  100.00
26-1 Rule 35 Gambling on park property 100.00
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