Berkeley Mayor Hopes Snooki Won’t Cause Trouble [AUDIO]
Even amongst the outcry from residents, there doesn’t seem to be much stopping Snooki and J-Woww from filming a season of their ‘Jersey Shore’ spinoff in Berkley Township’s Pelican Island.
After a meeting Monday night, which saw homeowners of the shore community complain about the potential noise and quality of life issues from the duos presence, without a filming permit ordinance the township doesn’t have much recourse to prevent the show’s production.
The council is currently working on an ordinance to establish a filming permit, however it would still need to be presented and a public comment period held, meaning filming of the MTV show would be long finished by then.
According to report, the homeowners group has also hired an attorney, hoping to prevent shooting as well.
While filming of several seasons of Jersey Shore helped the economy of Seaside Heights, Berkley Mayor Carmen Amato doesn’t see Snooki and J-Woww’s spin off having the same benefit for his township.
“Pelican Island is an isolated area where there’s really no economic engine that can be sparked by an interest like this.”
Prior seasons of the show filmed in Manchester Township and Jersey City, both which did not come without their own controversy. Amato notes according to Manchester Police Chief Brian Klimakowski, the filming of the spinoff wasn’t as disruptive as the original Jersey Shore.
“The initial reaction was some interest for the first 48 to 72 hours and then it died down. After that they did their filming and moved on and there was really little to no incidents at all.”
The production company filming the show has agreed to only film inside of the home on 515 Sunset Drive and all filming will be wrapped within 30 days. They will also pay Berkeley for the extra police presence.
Amato hopes that if nothing else the filming will show the rest of the country the rebuilding process many communities are still going through after Sandy.
“The added notoriety that this may bring will open the eyes of those people to show the shore is slowly recovering but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”