To Curb Complaints, New Rules for Seaside Heights Beaches

The town where MTV's "Jersey Shore'' was based has new rules aimed at curtailing bad behavior.

Seaside Heights officials have voted to extend paid beach access hours to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays and close the beach after that. Previously, people had free access to the beach after 5 p.m. The boardwalk will be closed between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The new rules also ban any smoking, including e-cigarettes, and limit the size of coolers, umbrellas and canopies.

Administrator Christopher Vaz says the beach was often filthy because there was no control over people who arrived at night. He says the new regulations come after complaints from residents.

The cast of "Jersey Shore'' was known for partying and its "gym, tan, laundry'' lifestyle.

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