Don't look for MTV's reality hit, "Jersey Shore," to move down the shore to Sea Isle City.
A network spokeswoman joined Sea Isle officials today in denying widespread rumors online that the show will move south from its first-season home in Seaside Heights to the Cape May County town of just 2,900 or so year-round residents.
"That is just a rumor," said a spokeswoman in the office of Emily Yeomans, MTV's publicst for the show. "MTV hasn't even confirmed if they're renewing (Jersey Shore) for a second season."
(Yeomans herself wasn't available to speak to a reporter Thursday afternoon, but her office was swamped with calls about the rumor, said the spokeswoman, who would not give her name.)
Sea Isle officials struck first, taking the rare step of sending out a media release denying "unsubstantiated rumors" that the controversial show would set up shop in their town next. Mayor Leonard Desiderio said nobody from the network or show had contacted anyone from the town.
"This is my 18th year (as mayor), and I never had to put out a statement denying a rumor before," Desiderio said. "This story has taken on a life of its own and it really ... grew and grew and grew."
Katie Dalrymple, a town spokeswoman, said the mayor and other local officials had also been trying to get in contact with the network, but she wasn't sure if they'd had any luck.
Dalrymple said she first heard the rumor Wednesday night.
"My friend texted me that ‘Jersey Shore is coming. It's on Facebook,'" she said. "Then I came in this morning and had about 10 e-mails and phone calls about it."
The calls kept coming in today, she said, all from Sea Isle residents or property-owners, and all opposed to the tiny town - with a population of about 2,900 year-round - becoming the backdrop for the show.
"They were all saying that if it's here, it's going to pretty much ruin some of their vacations," Dalrymple said. "So they don't want it here."