Still smarting from the stain that MTV's Jersey Shore left on Seaside Heights, officials took decisive steps this week, banning new bars and clubs along a 6-block stretch of the boardwalk.

The Asbury Park Press reports that the Borough Council voted to approve a zoning change that, "...will ban new bars, nightclubs and amusement rides from the northern end of the boardwalk".

For the new rule's purposes, the "northern end of the boardwalk" encompasses the area from Hiering Ave to Sheridan Ave, a stretch of about 1/3 of a mile.

In addition to the restriction on new construction of bars and clubs, existing businesses will have to close by midnight and can't have live music.

According to the APP article, Seaside Heights mayor Anthony Vaz said that the new rules are, "...all about quality of life".

You can read much more about the new restrictions, including reaction from local business owners, by clicking here for the Asbury Park Press article.


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