STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Jersey Shore and its beaches and boardwalks have been a destination for families, adults, and teens in the Tri-state area to beat the heat and have a good time during the summer months.
But one New Jersey city is concerned about a recent influx of rowdy teenagers.
Ocean City officials said large groups of teenagers, many of whom are smoking marijuana and drinking while underage have been taking over the boardwalk. Fights on the boardwalk have also increased, officials told NBC.
“It’s definitely made it hard for us to have a good time on the boardwalk at night with our family with two small children,” Colleen Kaufman told NBC.
According to the report, complaints about the disorderly teens increased after many communities along the Jersey Shore passed laws allowing recreational marijuana for adults, which officials have said makes it harder to enforce underage usage on the boardwalk.
To keep the boardwalk family friendly, police have been corralling the teens on the beach, where there is a 10 p.m. curfew, instead of allowing them to congregate on the bustling boardwalk.
However, it’s not a long-term solution and New Jersey City councilmembers and the police department are working to find a better solution – though some say it’s not completely up to them.
“Wake up, get a hold of your kids,” said Barbara Betson, who lives along the boardwalk, to NBC.