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A coastal New Jersey city unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday banning the possession of alcohol on the beach and the boardwalk ahead of the summer season.
The Jersey Shore City of Wildwood is known for its Fourth of July fireworks and beachfront attractions, including amusement piers with more than 100 rides and attractions.
In a release, the city said Mayor Pete Byron, Deputy Mayor Krista Fitzsimons and Commissioner of Public Safety Steve Mikulski introduced the stricter legislation in a May 10 Wildwood Commissioners meeting.
Mayor Pete Byron said in a statement, “Alcohol of any kind has always been prohibited on the beach and boardwalk. In fact, there is already a sign at every street entrance to the beach. This new ordinance not only prohibits the drinking and/or open display of alcohol, but also says the mere existence of any kind of alcohol is prohibited.”
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing Byron, anyone who breaks the rules could be fined up to $2,000 and potentially 90 days in jail.
Deputy Mayor Krista Fitzsimons commented, “Every year, the city receives numerous complaints about drinking, marijuana use and smoking on the beach and boardwalk. This is how we are responding to those complaints.”
Commissioner of Public Safety Steve Mikulski said, “This is a matter of public safety. We understand people are on vacation and want to have a good time. We want everyone to enjoy Wildwood. Drinking, especially in the sun on vacation, often leads to excess and unruly behavior, not to mention increased health risks.”
Wildwood leaders approved a ban on alcohol on the beach and boardwalk, except in designated bars and restaurants.
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) May 25, 2023
New Jersey beach city bans ‘mere existence of any kind of alcohol’ on beach, boardwalk https://t.co/DFcRPU51tu
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) May 26, 2023
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Good for the mayor
Good for them!! Wildwood attracts many many young people who do tend to flagrantly disrespect local laws.
When I was a kid Ocean Grove had similar ordinances, including changing on the beach itself. Could not even park on the streets on Sunday. In those days the “Jersey Shore” had a very respectful and safe reputation.