Even as some motels shelter sex offenders or people struggling with drug issues, they continue inviting families and prom kids to spend the night.
Many spots have glossy websites, enticing travelers with images of sparkling pools and the siren song of free continental breakfast.
The Brooklyn native said he vacationed in Seaside as a teenager. Now, I look at the motel across the street and he rents to drug dealers and prostitutes." Borough administrator John Camera said it's dubious for many owners to market the motels as daydream retreats in a world famous destination while getting paid to house emergency assistance recipients, particularly those coming out of the criminal justice system."But when push comes to shove, a social worker is going to make the placement in Seaside because it's better than having them go homeless." It's not ideal to group the poor in a single borough, said Board of Social Services spokeswoman, Meredith Sheehan, but Seaside has a plurality of motel owners who've voluntarily agreed to participate in the emergency initiative called Special Response."We can only work with owners who identify they want to work with us," Sheehan said.When the beach blanket carnival leaves town and summer revelry fades into memory, the darker side of the iconic resort community comes into focus.Beyond the boardwalk is a morass of aging motels housing a hidden population of troubled tenants year-round, including the mentally ill, recovering drug addicts, domestic violence victims and sex offenders.
Town leaders are hoping to dispel the "Sleaside" Heights stereotype.