Officials in West Palm Beach are trying to deter homeless people from congregating around the city's Lake Pavilion by playing the repetitive children songs "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos" on a loop all night long, The Palm Beach Post has reported.
The venue, a glass-walled waterfront pavilion overlooking the town's Great Lawn, hosted 164 events over the past year, and the city expects it will make $240,000 this year.
"People are paying a lot of money to use the facility, thousands of dollars," Parks and Recreation director Leah Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post. "We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future."
She added the measure is taken so staff do not have to trip over bodies when they are setting up an event in the early morning hours or a bride needs to walk over a sleeping person when she leaves her party late at night.
A city spokesperson told CBS News the music is played "to discourage congregating and, if appropriate, to encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter through the many resources that are available."
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."
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