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As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following definitions:

A. “Available overnight shelter” means a public or private facility, with available overnight space, open to person(s) or family units experiencing homelessness at no charge.

B. “Camp” means to pitch, erect, or occupy camp facilities, or to use camp paraphernalia, or both, for the purpose of, or in such a way as will facilitate, remaining overnight or parking a vehicle for the purpose of occupying the vehicle overnight. The term shall not include overnight use of public property by the city or the governmental entity that owns or has a property interest in such public property.

C. “Camp facilities” means, without limitation, tents, huts, and temporary shelters.

D. “Camp paraphernalia” means, without limitation, blankets, pillows, tarpaulins, cots, beds or bedding, sleeping bags, hammocks, non-city designated cooking facilities, and/or other similar equipment.

E. “City” means the city of Mercer Island, Washington, the area within the territorial limits of the city, and such territory outside of the city over which the city has jurisdiction or control by virtue of any constitutional, statutory, or regulatory provisions.

F. “Park” means, without limitation, any public area created, established, designated, maintained, provided, or set aside by the city for the purposes of public rest, play, recreation, enjoyment, or assembly, and all buildings, facilities, and structures located thereon or therein, as well as all associated areas, including but not limited to parking lots.

G. “Pier” means any pier, wharf, dock, float, gridiron, or other structure where watercraft may anchor or moor.

H. “Public property” means all property in which the city or any other governmental entity has a property interest, including easements. The term includes, without limitation, all parks, piers, streets, trails, forests, park museums, pools, beaches, open spaces, public squares, public schools and associated athletic facilities, grounds around city or other publicly owned or leased buildings, including but not limited to parking lots, and any other property in which the city or any other governmental entity has a property interest of any type.

I. “Store” means to put aside, accumulate, or leave on public property for later use, or for safekeeping.

J. “Street” means, without limitation, any easements, highway, lane, road, street, right-of-way, boulevard, alley, and all public property open as a matter of right to public vehicle travel or parking.

K. “Vehicle” means any device capable of being moved or parked upon public property and in, upon, or by which any person(s) or property is or may be moved, parked, transported, or drawn, including, without limitation, all forms of automotive vehicles, buses, trucks, cars, vans, campers, trailers, boats or any other vehicle on trailers, recreational vehicles, and mobile homes of any size, whether capable of supplying their own motor power or not. The term “vehicle” includes all such devices even if immobilized in any way and/or for any period of time. (Ord. 21C-02 § 1).