(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Hoboken, N.J., has denied a request by 495 Productions to shoot a Jersey Shore spin-off, starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, in the city for MTV.
In a memo posted on the official Hoboken website, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer writes, “Based on protecting public safety and quality of life concerns for Hoboken residents, the City has denied a film permit for a spin-off of the Jersey Shore to be filmed in public locations.”
Additional letters posted on the site note that the request was for a “reality-based” series that would have required 700 hours of film to produce a one-hour broadcast. The letter says the proposed 24-hour filming permit would have violated a Hoboken law that prohibits filming in residential areas after 11:00 p.m.
Furthermore, Zimmer says city officials expressed surprise that 495 Productions in the past had filmed in public areas without a necessary permit and instead reached “informal ‘verbal agreements'” that involved “payments to individuals.” Zimmer says the city of Hoboken has “zero tolerance” for such actions.
Zimmer expanded on her concerns in an interview with ABC News Radio. She says she’s seen the wild antics of the Jersey Shore crew on MTV, and she doesn’t “want people coming and destroying — hootin’ and hollerin’ in the middle of the night, and destroying our city.”
495 Productions can appeal the decision through the Hoboken Film Commission.
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