A New Jersey shore town that threatened to fine people who fed seagulls on the boardwalk did not write any tickets this summer.
Ocean City Police Sgt. Steve Ang tells The Press of Atlantic City officers mostly observed the gulls stealing food instead. Ang says the seagulls have become so aggressive “they scoop down and they just take the food right out of your hand.”
At the beginning of the summer, Mayor Jay Gillian issued a public notice that seagull feeding would not be tolerated. Those caught engaging in feeding the gulls would be subject to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Gillian said that complaints about the gulls had increased.
A warning from the police chief was played from loudspeakers throughout the summer.