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(a) A public nuisance is anything which is injurious to health, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway and which affects at the same time a community, neighborhood or any considerable number of persons, although the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon individuals may be unequal.

(b) This chapter, as well as other sections of the code, declare certain uses, actions, and activities to be public nuisances. It is the express intent of the Council that those declarations are in addition to, and not subject to, the generic determinations of public nuisances contained in and authorized by this section. Further, none of the express declarations of public nuisances contained in this chapter or the code are to or shall be construed to be exclusive or in any other way to limit the authority of the City to identify and abate public nuisances pursuant to City, County, State, or Federal law.