Barnegat Lowering Juvenile Curfew to 10 p.m.

Feb 06, 2019

An ordinance introduced by the Barnegat Township Committee on Feb. 5  lowers the curfew for minors from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The ordinance had been recommended late last year by Mayor Alfonso Cirulli, who was deputy mayor at the time.

Cirulli said the idea was suggested by a resident at a town-wide Neighborhood Watch forum at the Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School. He said the purpose of the meeting was to help residents who are interested in forming a block watch and also hear updates on existing programs, such as one he said has been very successful in the Settler’s Landing development.

The mayor said one of the biggest concerns was vandalism, and a resident suggested that the curfew for those under 18 be lowered to 17.

“When the question was posed to the audience, three-quarters of the people were in favor of it,” he said.

Cirulli said such a curfew would not affect juveniles who have to work at night.

“We’re looking to crack down on kids hanging out late at night,” he said. “That’s when these kinds of problems start. We gave it a lot of thought and I think what we have here is fair to everyone.”

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.  —E.E.

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