BELMAR, NJ — In its efforts to keep summertime crowds and rowdiness in check, the Belmar Police Department issued nearly 600 summonses for three weekends through the Fourth of July holiday.
Since stepping up patrols in mid-June after a weekend described as “the Wild West,” police officers wrote 375 tickets for beachfront violations, 61 for noise complaints and another 104 summonses for breaking other borough ordinances.
“The noise complaints are going down because we're out there enforcing with the noise car (plains clothes officers in a vehicle patrolling the streets) on Friday and Saturday nights, and we also have brought in extra (uniformed) patrols during the day on the beachfront to deal with the crowds and the violations on the beach,” Police Chief Tina Scott told the Belmar Council during its July 9 meeting.
The most-common beachfront violations include not having a beach badge, smoking, consuming alcohol and drinking from glass containers, she said.
Meanwhile, the number of summer rentals with noise or disorderly conduct summonses have doubled, reaching 40 — and the number of summonses tripled to 74 — during the past month.
Racking up the most violations are 107 18th Avenue with five, and 110 18th Avenue, 208 14th Avenue and 308 12th Avenue, each with four.
Click here for a complete list of summer rentals with summonses issued for the current 2020 season.
Except for 308 12th Avenue, the other rentals have been designated as animal houses, which holds landlords responsible for the actions of summer renters and gives the borough the authority to require a landlord to post a bond of up to $5,000 and to revoke a landlord’s certificate of occupancy due to the conduct of summer tenants.
Click here for a list of the nearly 200 summer rentals that hold animal house designations for having repeated violations of quality-of-life ordinances.
The opening of limited outdoor dining on June 15 had a rocky start for several bars along the Jersey Shore, including D’Jais in Belmar, where patrons were singled out indirectly by Gov. Phil Murphy for “knucklehead behavior” after several videos went viral on social media showing overcrowding by those not social distancing or wearing masks. The situation also prompted a warning by borough officials to the owners of the Ocean Avenue establishment to begin following COVID-19 rules or risk being shut down.
While a D’Jais representative could not be reached for comment, it has addressed the issue in several ways, including placing signage in its outdoor patio, porch and extended lot area — all of which are being used for dining and drinking with socially distant seating and capacity restrictions.
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