Beach town cracks down on ice cream truck sounds

    Brigantine City Council has decided to ease up on ice cream vendors, who were recently told the city would start enforcing its ordinance that prohibits “any loudspeaker, bell, whistle or other sound or light device that in any way advertises or draws to the attention of the public the goods, wares or merchandise for sale or is in any way considered loud, raucous or used to attract public attention.”

    After vendors argued they had trouble attracting business at the beach without their bells and songs, Council will table the enforcement until a better understanding is agreed upon.

    The Press of Atlantic City reports the bells can toll for the rest of the summer, since it would take that long change the ordinance anyway. Beach Patrol will handle any aggressive bell-ringing.

    Feeders, as someone whose ringtone is the Mister Softee theme, I look forward to the sounds of the ice cream truck, be it at the beach or at home. But what do you think? Feed the Feed to tell us if you prefer the sound of summer or the peace and quiet.

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