HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Residents in the township could be getting some new neighbors in the future.
495 Productions is looking to film episodes of MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in the township. Township Committee on Monday tabled a resolution that would have given its blessing for the company to film episodes locally, seeking more information.
Township officials said the production company wanted to film for a few days in August on private property in Mays Landing.
The idea is to film a “staycation episode” at an Airbnb rental property with some of the cast members for the next season, said Michael S. Jacobs, the township administrator, who received a letter from 495 Productions, the company that produces the show.
The exact dates being looked at are Aug. 6 and 7 or Aug. 19 through 23 with two days of load-in prior and two days of load-out afterward, Jacobs said.
The production company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” follows the cast of the original “Jersey Shore” series — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jennifer “J-Woww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Deena Nicole Buckner and Angelina Pivarnick — as they go on a series of vacations.
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Residents are mixed on the possibility of the cast of the reality TV show coming to the township. At the Hamilton Mall on Tuesday afternoon, a group of teenage girls said they thought it would be “hilarious” for the cast to film nearby, while a man who manages a shop on the Boardwalk in Wildwood — which opposed the show filming there last year — said it might help the local economy.
The production company sent the letter to the township because it wants to know whether the filming would be acceptable to the Township Committee even though the plan is to shoot on private property, said Jacobs and Robert S. Sandman, the township solicitor.
Private-property owners have the right to invite “Jersey Shore” to shoot on their property, Sandman said.
“You don’t have to endorse this,” he said. “If it’s on private property, it’s on private property.”
The township can say that any costs incurred by the township, such as police and public works expenses, will be paid by the production company, Sandman said.
Committeeman John Kurtz found the letter too vague with regard to what 495 was planning to do while filming. He said he wanted to make sure whatever filming was done shed a good light on the city and the township.
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“I have questions about what kind of filming are they doing? What’s the objective of what they are filming? Where is the location of the rental property where they are looking to stay at?” Kurtz asked. “I think they have to be a little bit more specific.”
Last summer, the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Boardwalk Special Improvement District released a joint statement opposing “Jersey Shore” filming in the Wildwoods. The show did film last season in Atlantic City.
Emma Horner, 18, of Ventnor, along with friends Regan Hickey, 17, and Jenna Hull, 16, both of Northfield, said Tuesday it would be “pretty cool” for the cast to come to the township, even if it was just to film in a house. They all watched the series when it premiered nearly a decade ago but haven’t really kept up with the newest “family vacation” spinoff.
“Honestly, no,” Hickey said when asked if there could be anything negative to come out of the cast coming to town. “I think it would just promote this area.”
Damion Espada, 27, of Wildwood, at first said it didn’t matter to him whether the cast came to the township. Then, after taking a moment, he said it might help the local economy.
“It might bring some people,” said Espada. “I think it would be cool.”
Staff Writer Molly Bilinski contributed to this report.