City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — 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 Waterfront Lake Pavilion, which she said rakes in some USD240,000 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 formalise hours for the facility.

Illaya Champion tells 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”.