Belmar scraps rules on kegs, rude gestures

July 4, 2008 7:07:34 PM PDT
Partyers in Belmar can now legally drink from unregistered beer kegs and give people the finger. The New Jersey shore town once called "Fort Lauderdale North" for its rowdy renters has scrapped laws relating to kegs and flipping the bird. Officials say they were difficult to enforce and possibly unconstitutional.

Mayor Ken Pringle says he's not sure anyone even knew that making obscene gestures was illegal.

The repeals come as the borough has gained the upper hand against partyers and restored some of the quality of life that was routinely shattered by out-of-control keggers in the 1980s and 90s.

Pringle says people who had a hard time obeying the rules seem to have gone to other beach towns where the rules aren't as tough.