From News 12:
Door-to-door real estate solicitation is now forbidden in areas of Toms River. The “cease and desist” ordinance went into effect Friday.
The ordinance comes after many complaints by Toms River residents of real estate agents “aggressively” inquiring about the sale of homes that have not been put on the market. The residents say that typically these agents represent members of the Orthodox Jewish community from neighboring towns like Lakewood.
Toms River has previously had a “no knock” registry to keep away unwanted solicitation, and residents were able to put green stickers on their door to mark their homes as such. However, township officials have expanded the law after more complaints came in from residents.
Toms River police will now enforce the law, although there won’t be any special task force assigned to the task.
“The police department will enforce whatever the state, federal or local government puts on the books and we’re going to enforce it. But we’re not aggressively seeking to catch anybody doing this. It’s going to be as a result of citizen complaints as it always has been,” says Toms River police spokesman Ralph Stocco.
The ordinance will ban the solicitation for the next five years. Nonprofit organizations such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts are exempt.
The new ordinance comes after Lakewood’s mayor criticized Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher for calling the aggressive real estate inquiries “an invasion” or Orthodox Jews. Kehaher later apologized for the comments.