Police Jersey Shore house, reality TV landmark in Seaside Heights.
Hundreds of people showed up at a rental home best known as the backdrop for MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” prompting police to break up the gathering that violated state health codes, authorities said Tuesday.
The revelers were cheering on YouTube personalities the Nelk Boys on Monday night at the rental property at 1209 Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
The house is best known as the summer digs of JWoww, Sweetheart, The Situation, Pauly D, Vinny, Ronnie and Snooki, stars of “Jersey Shore,” which ran for six seasons between 2009 and 2012.
Outdoor gatherings in New Jersey must be limited to 500 people, who are socially distanced, under the state’s coronavirus guidelines. The crowd had been building all day and was finally dispersed after 9 p.m. ET, witnesses said.
At the height of Monday’s get-together, more than a thousand people were jam packed outside, much to the chagrin of Seaside Mayor Anthony Vaz, who is already leery of the hard-partying reputation his community developed as a result of “Jersey Shore.”
“We will not tolerate this or these kinds of things that will disrupt an image we’re trying to correct,” Vaz told NBC News on Tuesday. “It was shocking to me.”
On Monday night, the Nelk Boys were using that home to celebrate the launch of a website which sells the group’s branded apparel.
The group posted Instagram footage of the event and opened the front door to show police lights and hundreds of people outside, most of them appearing to be tightly packed and not wearing masks.
The home’s owner, Daniel Merk, was in the background of that video and appeared to tell his renters the party had to end.