Long Beach Goes After Ice Cream Trucks

Ice-cream trucks are under attack in Long Beach, Calif., according to the Long Beach Post:

Citing numerous resident complaints about processions of shrill music blaring for up to 45 minutes at a time, [6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews] wants to force ice cream trucks to comply with the City’s noise ordinance and silence their music tracks while parked and serving customers.

Despite the joy that the sound of an ice cream truck can bring to children, in areas of his District, the trucks’ perpetual high-volume music has become “a nuisance,” according to Andrews, because it continues throughout the day and into the evening as multiple trucks make their rounds in the same neighborhoods.

“Most of the trucks are reported to make several trips on the same route while playing the shrill music for 30 to 45 minutes,” Andrews said in the agenda item notes. “In several cases, an additional ice cream truck will follow the first one and the cycle repeats through out the day. There have been incidents when multiple trucks were on one block at the same time, each with their music loud.”


Having lived in the LBC for five years, I can say that the perpetual sound of gunshots was a bigger nuisance than an ice cream truck.


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