West Palm Beach 'Weaponizes' Music

Florida city hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Florida city hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Locals hire out Lake Pavilion for weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthday parties, with West Palm Beach raking in more than $240,000 past year in revenue.

The town of West Palm Beach, Florida, is employing a creative technique to stop its homeless population from sleeping in a park overnight: blaring annoying children's songs on loop.

The loop of "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" is a temporary fix to keep homeless people off the patio.

The glass-walled pavilion sits on the waterfront, and is an important revenue raiser for the city.

It won't be raining tacos for the people who sleep around the pavilion - unless they can withstand this potent musical deterrent.

West Palm Beach officials are playing "Baby Shark" to drive out the homeless.

The facility hosted 164 events from June 1, 2018, to June 30 of this year, nearly half of which were weddings.

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According to WRWD-TV, the pavilion brings in almost $240,000 annually from public events. Rockwell says the city wants to formalize hours for the facility, which should make trespassing laws easier to enforce.

"People are paying a lot of money to use the facility".

The Lake Pavilion building is shown in West Palm Beach, Fla. Parks and Rec director Leah Rockwell explains people pay thousands to rent the space, and "we want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open". "The music is heard only if you are on the patio, a very small area relative to the rest of the waterfront", Rockwell says.

Apparently, the pavilion's patio is a hot-spot for the vagrants at night.

The city's statement added "The music volume complies with city code, and we are exploring the possibility of having set hours for the Great Lawn and pavilion".

By choosing the songs "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos", it seems officials learned from the mistake of another municipality. But the plan backfired: instead of leaving the park, many homeless people said they actually enjoyed the music.

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