SEASIDE HEIGHTS – All are welcome to the attractions in Seaside, but this is the first season that the borough has instituted requirements that a legal adult be on site.
This goes in several directions. Firstly, hotels on the island will be required by a relatively new ordinance to have at least one 18-year-old physically staying in the room, said Christopher Vaz, the borough administrator. They can’t have a parent sign for them and then leave. There has to be a legal adult who will take responsibility for any illegal activities or damage.
Further, bars and clubs can’t have teen nights where there is “18 to party, 21 to drink.” This was not too common anymore, he said.
Prom season is past, and that was the first test of this, he said.
These regulations further Seaside Heights’ push to market itself as a family-friendly atmosphere.
Borough officials clashed with the party promoters when they moved to crack down on some of the illegal revelry. For example, at the club Karma, the restaurant portion of the club announced it would not be returning. Karma announced that it would become a nightclub, with a “hyperglow party” last year. On social media this was described as an ongoing large party of high energy dance music in an ultra violet atmosphere. Police later said there were incidents of drug use and underage drinking.
Another case happened when thousands of people arrived on a private beach. The daylong party had been announced on an Instagram page, and partygoers were charged $8 to attend. The property owner was unaware that this was happening. No permits had been applied for the event, so the borough did not know it was happening until people started showing up in droves. There were reports of public drunkenness, drug use, loud music and a few fights.
Although known for its party atmosphere viewed on the infamous Jersey Shore show, officials and yearlong residents have been promoting the family friendly culture of Seaside. For a list of things to do in Seaside, visit exit82.com.
18? Really? Do rhey think that’s a magic number when people start behaving like adults? Did they go to college or WATC H Animal House or Jersey Shore?
Seaside heights will change, but it will take time. Derelict buildings being demolished, new buildings being built and stronger rental ordinances are slowly making a difference. It took decades for Seaside Heights to fall into an atmosphere of decadence, it will not be reversed overnight. Much of that atmosphere came from prior administrations and greedy bar owners and greedy hotel owners who only cared about their own financial interests rather than those of the borough and it’s citizens. The current administration is striving hard to make Seaside Heights back into a family friendly place to visit and live. Rather than make derogatory comments about Seaside, people should support and help to make the effort for change a success. As a resident of Seaside Heights I support the changes being made and I hope stronger measures can be undertaken towards improvement.
Lmao am 18 year old watching a bunch of 16 and 17 year olds? Stupidity at its finest
Should be 21 at least if not 25..most kids are 18 in the middle of their senior year…I was 17 when I graduated lol so that’s just plain stupid
Not to stir the pot but I will lol ? wouldn’t it be logical for it to be a legal parent or guardian? I was 18 when I went to senior prom
18 is legal age in way they can be legally held responsible ….That is all they care about…They can have someone to go after damages …