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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:20 pm

Florida city hopes 'Baby Shark' song will drive homeless away

Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility.

West Palm Beach parks and recreation director Leah Rockwell told the Palm Beach Post they're trying to discourage people from sleeping outside the glass-walled Waterfront Lake Pavilion, which she says rakes in about $240,000 annually from events.

The loop of "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" is a temporary fix to keep homeless people off the patio. Rockwell said the city wants to formalize hours for the facility, which should make trespassing laws easier to enforce.

Illaya Champion told the Post "it's wrong" to chase people away with music. He said he'll still sleep there, but "it's on and on, the same songs."