Following Tuesday morning's peaceful march and demonstration in Toms River, the number of demonstrators at the shopping plaza on Route 37 at Main Street has been slowly building and spilling over into the roadway.

The march this morning took place around 10:00. The group started at the Kohl's Plaza and included citizens and members of local, county, and state law enforcement marching together down Main Street to downtown Toms River.

While a good number of the marchers from this morning's rally dispersed after about an hour, a regrouping seemed to be taking place at the Kohl's Plaza.

As we got into the early afternoon, photos and reports from the scene showed demonstrators holding signs and spilling into the roadway, especially around Main Street.

Photo by Tom Trembly
Photo by Tom Trembly

The safety concern has been the fact that this is the main junction from the Garden State Parkway onto one of Ocean County's busiest roadways, with drivers sometimes exiting the Parkway quickly.

We're keeping an eye on the whole situation with our WOBM News team, the Ocean County Traffic Watch team, and our contacts in the business and law enforcement community.

The latest reports as of this writing at around 3:30 P.M. say that the demonstration is peaceful and stationary,  but that the crowd size has been slowly growing over the last few hours.

Of course, with the height of Ocean County's afternoon commute still to come, if you're working from an office or out running errands, it wouldn't be a bad idea to take alternate routes around Route 37.

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