MARGATE CITY — The weather on Memorial Day weekend may not have been ideal for beach goers but that did stop countless people from descending on the Jersey Shore during the three-day stretch, which caused problems in several towns.

In Margate City, that included a fight involving what police estimated to be close to 300 teenagers on Saturday afternoon, resulting in several arrests.

According to, police said the fight happened on the Washington Avenue Beach, which is more commonly known as the home of the Lucy the Elephant structure. quoted Capt. Ken Bergeron as saying that there were 12 arrests for people under the age of 20 for various charges including alcohol, marijuana and fighting.

"There's not one of them from Margate," Bergeron said. He added that the Saturday fight was so large that assistance was called in from police in Ventnor City and Longport.

This is not the only city on the shore dealing with an influx of young visitors. In addition to Memorial Day weekend, it is also prom season across the state.

Seaside Heights Mayor Tony Vaz said the borough has prepared for what this could mean not only for the visitors but also for year-round residents.

"We know they're coming, but we're not going to tolerate behaviors that are going to be detrimental to our people, our visitors, our residents," he said. "If they do goofy things, that's one thing. If they do criminal things, that's another thing."

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said in his town underage drinking is a continuous problem that can have lasting ramifications for the young drinkers.

"Apparently to most of these kids and adults, the city of Wildwood's drinking age is different than the State of New Jersey for some reason," he said. "You don't want to ruin anybody's future, but then again we don't want you coming down and acting like a fool."

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