Hundreds of people showed up at a rental home known as the setting for MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and prompted police to break open the meeting, which violated state health regulations, authorities said Tuesday.
The night owls cheered the Nelk Boys YouTube personalities on Monday night at the rental property on the 1209 Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
The house is best known as the summer digs of JWoww, Sweetheart, The Situation, Pauly D., Vinny, Ronnie and Snooki, the stars of Jersey Shore, which ran for six seasons between 2009 and 2012.
Outdoor gatherings in New Jersey must be limited to 500 people who are socially distant, as per the state̵
At the height of the meeting on Monday, more than a thousand people were crammed outside, much to the chagrin of Seaside Mayor Anthony Vaz, who is already suspicious of the harsh reputation his community has developed for “Jersey Shore”. “”
“We will not tolerate this or that thing that interferes with an image that we want to correct,” Vaz told NBC News on Tuesday. “It was shocking to me.”
On Monday evening, the Nelk Boys used this house to celebrate the launch of a website selling the group’s branded clothing.
The group posted Instagram footage of the event and opened the front door to reveal police lights and hundreds of people outside. Most of them appeared to be tightly packed and not wearing masks.
The owner of the house, Daniel Merk, was in the background of this video and seemed to be telling his tenants that the party had to end.
“Get your s —, get out of here guys,” said Merk. “Time to go.”
Merk told NBC News Tuesday that he was renting his house to the YouTube personalities, believing it should only be used for a small gathering to launch the group’s website.
“They have a lot of passionate fans and have followed them,” said Merk. “I wasn’t prepared for it, the city wasn’t prepared for it.”
No one was arrested or immediately cited, but Merk said he expected a civil sentence.
“There will definitely be consequences,” he said. “I will definitely get into trouble.”
Vaz said Merk could get his license to rent the property pulled over Monday night’s incident, and the mayor promised to let the Nelk Boys pay for the police costs.
Representatives from the New Jersey governor’s office, the state health department and the Nelk Boys could not be reached immediately for comment Tuesday.
Helen Kwong contributed.