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Long Branch, NJ, sues to stop illegal pop-up parties

Long Branch officials are asking a judge to help stop unauthorized pop-up parties like the one that drew 5,000 people to Pier Village on May 21.

A motion filed in Monmouth County Superior Court asks a judge to issue a restraining order against six named individuals who promoted another pop-up party in Long Branch on June 19.

Public Security Director Domingos Saldida said in a press release that the city has had enough. “These viral parties are likely to get bigger and more dangerous until we do something about it,” Saldida said, “I hope that making the organizers pay the price for their behavior will deter them from organizing an illegal event. not allowed in Long Branch in the future.”

The city estimates it cost taxpayers about $25,000 for the police response and eventual cleanup after the last party.

Mayor John Pallone says everyone is welcome at Long Branch, if they follow the rules.

“If you want to hold a gathering, apply for a special event permit. Do not drink alcohol in public and do not smoke on our beaches. Do not engage in disorderly conduct. The organizers of the May 21 event broke all of these rules and put our city at risk, which is why it’s so important that we hold them accountable,” Pallone said in a statement.

Although the City of Long Branch was fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed as a result of these unauthorized events, it is only a matter of time before the uncontrollable nature of these unauthorized gatherings does not lead to a major tragedy. . It is clear that without the intervention of the courts, the defendants and others with the same objectives will continue to promote and share this leaflet or others. Without the requested court order, events like this will continue in Long Branch and have already begun to spread to other municipalities such as Point Pleasant and Asbury Park – Long Branch Superior Court Petition

Superior Court Judge Lisa Thornton did not issue an immediate decision. NJ.com reports that it has given Long Branch until after business hours Friday to provide proof that the named individuals received a copy of the complaint. She also asked the city to file a supplemental brief “on the issues of prior restraints and the First Amendment.”

It is unclear how or when Thornton will reign.

In the meantime, Pallone says his city is taking “all available measures to prevent them (the organizers) from advertising (another pop-up party), as well as to protect residents and city property.”

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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