The Not For Tourists - City Guide Site is a great way to search your city and find out where the best places are, and where to avoid. The Shut the Duck Campaign is proud to be featured there, as a helpful warning to those who might fall victim to the Duck Rides! You can view the entire post on the Not For Tourists Site.
We hope everyone had a fun, and as quack free Independence Holiday as they could around the city. More news to come!
Posted by Nicole Darling at 2:46 PM
Friends of the Shut the Duck Up! Campaign,
As you can see from the past couple of blog entries, there has been some exciting events that have occurred involving the Duck Boat rides. Our petition is close to reaching our goal, of 200 signatures, which means we will be THAT MUCH CLOSER to obtaining our objectives. So, if you are a new visitor to the site, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION; if you are already a friend, continue to spread the word! Also, the video documentary has just about 6,500 views and counting!
We are excited about the upcoming months and have many things already in the works. Our staff is working hard to reach the right people and make some well-needed changes. We will keep everyone posted when there are new events and worthy activities, until then sign the petition, watch the video documentary, and spread the word!
Posted by Nicole Darling at 2:50 PM
The fact that these duck boats happened to rescue people in a freak circumstance is great, and I'm so happy that they were able to do some good for once and help out, but let's face it, this is far from a regular occurrence. Duck boats saving people from a flood may happen once in a blue moon, but their annoying quacks and disturbing music are there to bother innocent residents and people trying to do their jobs every single day, and therefore is NOT a legitimate argument in support of the ducks. Bottom line, there is no random heroic story that can make the daily rants of the duck acceptable. Is it too much to ask for people to have a little consideration for the sufferers? I think not.
Posted by Walt Sherman at 12:06 PM
On Friday June 6th, KYW released the story about the Philly Ride the Ducks tour route being a potential security risk for Independence Mall. This, being fueled by the questionable operations of the Duck boats, has raised some brows within the Courthouse at Independence Mall.
Food for Thought: Are DiCicco's priorities more so invested in the Duck Boat Rides or with the people of Philadelphia?
I think these Federal Judges are absolutely right. Not only are thee Duck Rides an interference to the citizens within the neighborhood, but why should they always get a free pass. In the past it has been noted that while passerby vehicles on South Street were cited and fined for “Loud Music”, the Ride the Duck Tours come rolling through with their music blaring without any consequence; even though there are numerous city signs warning ALL vehicles of the punishment. In the same regard, why is it that every other tourism organization, educational organizations, citizens, visitors to our beautiful city, etc must follow regulation when it comes to visiting one of our most historic areas at 6th and Market, but the Duck Rides receive yet again, another free pass.
I say GET EM JUDGES! Tell them they must be considerate and follow the rules just like everyone else in this city and that we will not stand for anything less than that!
Thats all for now,
Posted by Walt Sherman at 2:47 PM
The Shut the Duck Up video documentary is now up to 6,380 views, and we are receiving fantastic feedback. Keep watching, spread the word, and most of all, keep supporting. In related news, we had mentioned we were receiving many e-mail and letters from concerned citizens sharing their unpleasant encounters with the Duck Boats; I wanted to share some of these stories with you:
Jessica Lewis-Turner, Pennsylvania
One day, I retired to the 18th century garden near 3rd and Walnut to do a little reading. The garden was wonderfully quiet, and after I looked at the flowers I sat underneath the arbor and opened my book. Unfortunately, I had only gotten a page read when a Duck Tour drove up. The tour guide gave their spiel about the place, and at the end said, "And here we have an 18th century maiden... let's give her a duck tour salute!" They all honked loudly and irritatingly. I'm sure "18th century maidens" didn't flip the bird, but they also weren't rudely interrupted by quacking jerks.
Brendan Lafferty, Pennsylvania
As a resident of South Street, I couldn't agree more. Every time I wake up at 8am on a Saturday morning to obnoxious quacking, the Macarena, and a shameless plug for Bridget Foys, I die a little inside. They must be stopped. It's noise pollution, plain and simple. I have seen it make children cry. How is this a benefit to our city? Is this really how we should be presenting ourselves to tourists?
J Nathan Bazzel, Pennsylvania
Portraying Thomas Jefferson throughout Philadelphia, I have come across the Duck Boats time and time again. Each time the driver would encourage everyone to "Give a quack out to..." and then he would say a name for who ever he thought I was. I have been called Christopher Columbus, William Penn, Ben Franklin, you name it. It doesn't stop there. For the rest of the day, whenever riders would see us, they would quack at us again. Obnoxious is not the correct word...HARRASSMENT is!
After all the mail I get, which sometimes doesn't hold me in the greatest of light, these are the stories that really get to me and push me to go forward with our cause. These are hard-working, considerate, and concerned citizens that need to have their voice heard. WE WILL CONTINUE!
Posted by Walt Sherman at 11:55 AM