Monitoring blogs is the newest tactic in Belmar’s long-running effort to keep its notoriously rowdy group
rentals under control in one of the Jersey shore’s last true party towns.
The borough’s efforts are led by a bike-riding mayor who patrols the street looking for trouble, and backed by stiff fines that can easily reach into the thousands of dollars. Police officers hand-deliver lists of do’s and don’t to renters.
And there’s a Web site in which troublesome rentals are plotted on a map and marked with icons showing the face of Police Chief Wiggum from “The Simpsons.”
Says Mayor Ken Pringle: “It’s all about peaceful coexistence.” But that’s easier said than done in certain neighborhoods, where large groups of young adults drink, party and generally raise a ruckus.
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