BELMAR —A social media group held a pop-up car rally in Belmar on Monday evening, with 200 cars parking along Ocean Avenue, prompting the issuance of 70 summonses by Belmar police.
The meetup was advertised on Instagram by a user, Los Goonies, according to Chief of Police Tina Scott. Summonses were issued for vehicle equipment violations, moving violations, parking violations and borough ordinance violations.
Extra Belmar police foot and patrol officers had been assigned to monitor the event.
This was not the first such car meeting. There have been at least the four car meetups this year, and the first that has taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately being that the events are posted on social media, sometimes not even 24 hours before they will take place, if it is difficult to stop them from happening,” Chief Scott said. “Once we are made aware of these types of events coming into town, the officers are scheduled to monitor the situation and address traffic and civil concerns that may arise.”
There were no arrests made Monday night due to the meetup. Surrounding municipalities were notified by the police department of the sudden meetup, as well as the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, which provided assistance.
The Instagram account Los Goonies posted several photos of the event from Monday night, showing large crowds of onlookers congregating near the 7-Eleven on Ocean Avenue.
One post from Los Goonies on Tuesday accompanied with photos of the meetup in Belmar read “You can’t ever take the streets away from us, unity and passion is what drives us. Thank you Jersey.”
Similar surprise meetups have taken place elsewhere, including at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.
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