The BFFs had hoped to film a spinoff of their hit MTV show in the city, but Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer squashed the attempt — out of safety and quality-of-life concerns.
In a letter to the Hoboken City Council dated Jan. 31 and published on the city’s website, Zimmer wrote under the subhead “Jersey Shore Spin-off Film Permit Request”:
“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.”
She attached letters explaining the reasons for the decisions and concluded: “The applicant has been advised that they do have a right to appeal the Film Commission’s decision to the City Council.”
According to the New York Post, show producer Jim Bianco was warned against filming without a written OK, something he has admitted doing in the past.
The producers were applying for a 24-hour permit in the city, which prohibits filming in residential areas after 11 p.m., TMZ reported.
TMZ also noted that the mayor was concerned with increased traffic and noise disrupting Hoboken resident’s day-to-day lives.
“Jersey Shore” has been filmed in Seaside Heights, Miami and Italy.
In a previous interview on PIX11, Zimmer indicated her reservations for granting approval.
"We will fully evaluate,” she said, “but I am really concerned about Snooki."
—JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM