by Bob Vosseller, The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
BERKELEY TWP., N.J. -- Is Snooki about to be evicted?
Township officials have determined that the taping of the MTV show "Snooki & JWoww" at a home on Pelican Island violates township ordinances. As a result, a violation notice is being issued to the property's owner, Mike Loundy of Point Pleasant Beach.
Township Administrator Christopher Reid said Thursday that the township's zoning officer has determined the home is being used for a commercial operation and thus is in violation of township ordinance.
Last week, 495 Productions, the producers of the show, started to tape the reality show starring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley at 515 Sunset Drive South. The township does not have a film permit ordinance, and the township was notified by Loundy of the show's plans to tape at the home, which is zoned strictly for residential use, according to Mayor Carmen F. Amato. Some residents of Pelican Island had voiced their concerns about the show at the Township Council on Monday.
Reid said that a letter will be mailed to Loundy on Friday informing him that the taping was in violation of township ordinances. Reid said that Loundy would have 10 days to address the violation, which could shut down production at the residence.
Red Bank attorney Ron Gasiorowski, who represents a dozen Pelican Island residents opposed to the show's taping in their neighborhood, said Thursday he was not surprised by the zoning officer's determination.
"It is in a residential zone and is in violation of their ordinance. There are other areas of the township where this type of activity could take place in zones where this would be covered," Gasiorowski said.
"This is nothing personal. We are just asking that they follow the law like everyone else," Gasiorowski said.
Lori Tyska, a resident of Sunset Drive South who has opposed the MTV presence in the neighborhood, said she encountered two gawkers seeking the filming site early Thursday.
Tyska was pleased to learn of the township's decision. "This is nothing personal toward Mr. Loundy. If she (Snooki) was really here for just a vacation, there would be no problem. But there is a lot of work being done here for the restoration of homes in the area from the hurricane."
She and other neighbors said they feared added traffic congestion from the film crew.
Loundy also owned the Ocean Terrace beach house used for the taping of "Jersey Shore" in Seaside Heights that concluded its run after five seasons last year. He did not respond to a request for comment.