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NJ towns grappling with rules for film crews

4-13-14

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Lights! Camera! Now, show us your permit.

Some New Jersey towns are reacting to the increasing number of reality shows being filmed in the shore area by considering new ordinances. Town officials say they want to minimize the aggravation for residents.

In Middletown, officials are discussing an ordinance that would require film crews to get permits. Township administrator Tony Mercantante tells The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1nlB8NG) it’s due to an explosion in reality home-improvement shows since Superstorm Sandy.

Middletown also happens to be the site for an upcoming reality show featuring Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, a cast member of “Jersey Shore.”

Last year, Toms River passed regulations to require film companies to obtain permission to film or be fined $100 to $500 per day.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com