by Phil Stilton
TOMS RIVER–Ocean County Superior Court Judge David Millard has denied a request for an injunction to halt the filming of MTV’s Snooki and JWOW television show on Pelican Island.
The action means the show can continue filming at the Sunset Boulevard home of Seaside Heights Director of Community Improvements Mike Loundy. Instead, the judge ordered Loundy to apply for a variance with the Berkeley Township zoning board after township zoning officer John Battisti ordered the issuance of code violations to Loundy.
“The judge denied the order to show cause and did not decide the case,” said Berkeley Township Business Administrator Christopher Reid. Reid said Loundy has applied for a variance application and the measure may be heard at a future zoning board meeting.
Battisti, according to Reid said the filming of the show was a violation the township’s zoning use laws.
Ron Gasiorowski, a Red Bank lawyer representing the homeowners who are trying to bar the production and filming of the show in their residential neighborhood, said on Tuesday, “This is not a decision to decide the case, but a decision to see what happens at the zoning board level.”
Gasiorowski said that should the zoning board grant the variance, his clients’ case could then come back in front of the judge.
The Sunset Drive home is in an R-60 residential zone. Reid said the next zoning board meeting is in September and no agenda has been adopted yet for that meeting.