The City of West Palm Beach is reportedly playing children's songs in an effort to stop the homeless from sleeping outside its Lake Pavilion.
A loop of songs like "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" is apparently being used as a temporary fix, while the city works to set official operating hours for the park and the pavilion.
West Palm Beach rents out the pavilion along the waterfront to private entities and non-profits for events and a number of homeless people have been found sound asleep on the patio of the premises.
We've reached out to the Parks and Recreation director, but haven't heard back.
A city spokesperson issued a statement reading, in part, that music is played during the day for families and overnight to discourage congregating at the building and encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter through the resources she says are available.
Here is the complete statement provided by City of West Palm Beach spokeswoman Kathleen Walter:
Music is played during the day for the families and visitors who come to enjoy our downtown for the Summer in Paradise festivities. The music is also played overnight at the Waterfront Lake Pavilion—an indoor events/banquet facility that is leased to citizens-- to discourage congregating at the building and, if applicable, to encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter through the many resources that are available. The music volume complies with City code, and is a temporary measure, as we are exploring the possibility of having set hours for the Great Lawn and Pavilion.
She also provided This Link for information on the "many programs and services offered by the City to address the issue of homelessness."