Seaside Park police charged several people with violating the state’s social distancing orders over the last several days.
Konstanti Apessos Jr., 21, of Manchester, was charged on April 12 with defiant trespass, petty disorderly persons offense, and violating the emergency orders for sitting on a lifeguard stand on the beach reading a book. He admitted that he knew the beach was closed, a statement from the office of the state attorney general said.
In a separate incident, Jose Gonzalez, 20, and Gildaro Flores-Mendez, 30, both of New Brunswick, were charged on April 12 by Seaside Park police with defiant trespass and violating the emergency orders for walking and taking pictures at the Brighton Avenue beach entrance, which they knew was closed, the statement said. The couple was at the beach with two juveniles.
Finally, in a different type of incident outside of Seaside Park, two local residents were charged in connection with a violation of the emergency order at a motel in Point Pleasant Beach.
John Fernicola, 68, of Brielle, and Amanda Wood, 34, of Point Pleasant Beach, operators of Beach Amethyst Motel in Point Pleasant Beach, were charged on Saturday, April 11, with four violations of the emergency orders for shutting off power to four tenants for late payments, the statement said.