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Parking Lot ‘Car Show,’ House Party Lead Seaside Park Police to Break Up Gatherings

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Seaside Park police, in their weekly blotter, noted two incidents in which officers were tasked with breaking up gatherings which were alleged to have been violations of state social distancing orders.

According to Ptl. Andrew Casole, on April 5, a “large group of people” gathered in the area of Municipal Lot Two. They met there, parked and had an “impromptu car show.” Police responded immediately and every person vacated the area. No summonses were issued.

On the same day, officers responded to the area of N.W. Central Avenue for a report of a house party and people not practicing social distancing, Casole said. Officers arrived and “observed a gathering of approximately twenty people.”

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All those who did not reside at the residence vacated and the homeowner was issued a summons for violating the governor’s order under the state of emergency. The names of those who were charged were not divulged.

As part of the weekly blotter message, Casole reminded residents and visitors of current restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our beaches are now closed along with the boardwalk for the safety of borough employees as well as residents and visitors,” he said.

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