The Berkeley Township Council recently introduced an ordinance that would forbid movie productions in residential areas.
the measure - up for a public hearing at the Aug. 26 meeting - won't
apply to 495 Production's filming of the "Snooki an JWoww" show at a
home in Sandy-shattered Pelican Island, Township Attorney Lauren R.
Staiger said today.
The island is divided roughly in half between Berkeley and Toms River townships.
"It can't," she said, of the ordinance's affect on filming. "They were already
using the property before the ordinance would be effective. It pertains
to future filming, not current."
Ocean County Superior Court
Judge David E. Millard recently denied a request for an injunction filed
by Pelican Island residents to halt the filming at 515 Sunset Drive
South, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.
a result, the show can continue filming," the mayor said.
The township was not involved in the injunction request, Staiger said.
"It was a private matter," she said. "We never received copies of the pleadings."
Berkeley Township Zoning Officer John Battisti recently issued a
violation to Michael Loundy - who owns the house - because the
production is a commercial use in a residential zone, Amato and Staiger
The property owner has applied
for a variance with the Berkeley Township zoning board after our zoning
officer, they said.
"They would have the ability to continue the use until the application is heard by the Zoning Board," Staiger said today.
"Snooki and JWoww" is a reality show that follows former
“Jersey Shore” cast members Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww”
Red Bank-based attorney Ronald S. Gasiorowski is
representing a number of Pelican Island residents and filed the request
for an injunction to stop the filming.
He attended a recent
Berkeley Township Council meeting and also threatened legal action
against the township if the filming were allowed to continue.
"This property is a residential house in a residential zone," Gasiorowski said at the council meeting.
The threat of legal action came after several residents said
their quiet neighborhood – which is still largely in shambles due to damage
from Superstorm Sandy – was being disturbed by both productions crews and
people coming in both cars and boats to view the house.