snooki with baby lorenzo jionniBack when Snooki was a single, minglin' partymeister obsessed with fist-pumping and pounding whatever shots were in sight on the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore -- and of course on the MTV reality show of the same name -- it made sense that the city of Florence might have reservations about allowing Snooki and co. to film the show there. Even a year and a half ago, when the city of Hoboken wasn't keen on the idea of Snooki & JWoww filming there and denied MTV a film permit, I could sort of understand. But now, New Jersey's Berkeley Township is lawyering up to protest filming in the Pelican Island neighborhood ... and it makes absolutely no sense at all.

Apparently, residents think the possibility is a "disgrace" and "fear the show will bring a circus-like atmosphere and will threaten the safety of the homes they are rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy," The Star-Ledger reports. Give me a break. Do they have any idea who Snooki is these days?!

I understand what they're concerned about, but could they also please get with the times? At least judging from her Instagram and Twitter presence, Snooki's done a full Nicole Richie, e.g., gone from clubbin' famemonger to low-key, fashionable, and fit mama-turned-entrepreneur. She's more interested in quiet nights at home with her fiance Jionni and cute-as-a-button baby boy Lorenzo than going out and making a scene. The big excitement in her life is doing hardcore workouts and playing dress-up to take selfies. Gasp! Thus, I have a feeling she's grown up so much that MTV isn't going to be able to turn this season of Snooki & JWoww into a rowdy, drama-filled, raucous 24/7/365 party -- even if they WANTED to! 

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Sure, I could see a town being concerned in general about filming of any sort. Or the reputation their area might get from being labeled "the place where Snooki and JWoww spent their summer vacation." But really, I can't see how it wouldn't have a positive effect! Seems to me it would only serve to make the area a more popular destination, which would help their local economy and rebuilding efforts!

Snooki herself responded to all the brouhaha, taking to Instagram to say:

Unable how (sic) adults are trying to ban my son, fiancé and I from enjoying our summer at the shore. Grow up, get over yourself and move on. This is not how we should be treating one another. Absolutely sick and very sad. I pray for you. There's much bigger things to worry about in life than trying to ban my family from your neighborhood.

Couldn't agree more! Hope Snooki and MTV win this ridiculous fight ... or better yet, find another town to film in that understands that welcoming her with open arms is absolutely NBD these days.

What do you think about this town's efforts to keep Snooki away?


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