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Midway Beach Family Decries 'Jersey Shore' Atmosphere On Fourth Lane

Man questions police response over Memorial Day weekend

They came for rest and relaxation. They didn't get it.

A family who owns a home on Fourth Lane in Midway Beach in South Seaside Park came to the June 12 Township Council meeting to voice their concerns about rowdy underage drinkers who partied more than 12 hours one day over Memorial Day weekend.

"We will continue to call the police and regrettably make a nuisance of ourselves," said William Wynne, whose wife's family has owned a bungalow in Midway Beach since 1995.

Wynne said problems began on May 27 of Memorial Day weekend, when a dozen out-of-state young people piled into a nearby bungalow and began to party around 1 p.m.

"We listened to them brag about how they intended to enjoy a "Jersey Shore" weekend," Wynne said, a reference to the MTV show filmed in nearby Seaside Heights. "They intended to follow in the footsteps of their heroes, Snooki, the Situation..."

The youths also bragged about obtaining liquor even though they were underage and obtaining fake I.D.s, Wynne said.

Wynne said he first called police at 1:20 a.m. It took an officer 40 minutes to arrive, he said.

"He asked them to turn down the radio," Wynne said.

The noise and drinking resumed as soon as the officer left, so he placed a second call.

"They did not check for I.D.s," Wynne said. "Then they came to my mother-in-laws' house and knocked on the door and said 'We've addressed the issue.' The lack of anonymity placed my mother-in-law at risk."

Some of the permanent Midway Beach homeowners don't even come down on holiday weekends, he said.

"We don't want to have a Seaside Heights situation," Wynne said. "The people who live in Midway Beach do so for a reason — because it's a family community."

Township Attorney Lauren Staiger said she would have to check to see if underage drinking on private property in Berkeley is a violation.

"It may not be in the code," she said.

Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said he would discuss the matter with Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele today and also planned to ask for the police log of the incidents.

Wynne also said the property in question was a rental property and was littered with beer cans and garbage after the group left.

Amato said he would have township Code Enforcement Official Kenneth Anderson investigate. He suggested the family also use the anonymous "tip line" on the township website to report any additional problems.

Councilwoman Judy Noonan also suggested the family check into the homeowner's associations by-laws.

"You do have the power of an association," she said.

Poindexter McSmash June 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Seaside is a "mob" town full of corruption. If you can't stop the President from taking over, you'll never stop anything else! ~ Have a nice day! ~
John Anderson June 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Agreed. The residents of SSP need to be allowed to leave and join Seaside Park. Berkeley only takes our taxes and provides little to no services.
foggyworld June 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Chief, I have good news for you. Many people like me who live in Berkeley Township do see that you are unfairly attached to us. To wait 40 minutes for a police car is off the wall and yes, you should hook up with your geographical neighbors because we in Berkeley can't afford really to provide you with the services you need and deserve. And there are more than one over here that do see your point. Go for it.
foggyworld June 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
We are talking about Seaside Heights which is a very different story.
marilyn June 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
They paid to have a good time! Isn't that what young people do? get a grip. your old or your boring! life goes on without you! cry babies! remember your towns economy depends on those young people!!!

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