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Jul 12, 2012


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sal leone

The right to make aliving is what America and our economy is all about. I understand both sides to the issue. There is the restaurant owner who has more bills to pay so his food cost is high, then you have the food vendor who has low cost so the food is cheaper. I have somewhat of an idea, regulation and payment of a downtown fee. I do not want the vendors to flood downtown and drive people out of business so if certain spots are sent aside in areas and a fee is paid to the city then we can control the flooding, for example, vendors can only be at one location near the court house so if people want the food they can make the effort to go to the vendor. This issue is not new to cities and maybe the city should look to big cities and see how they manage the issue.

I like to add that i love vendor food, nonthing like a hotdog or gyro from a cart. The different food culture only adds to a city.


The cabal of restaurant owners will cry to their landlords who will in turn put pressure via phone calls, lunches and other venues on City Council members. IMO, The food trucks don't stand a chance in Downtown unless they have something to provide to the Council Members that trumps the restaurant/landlord pressure.

Ed Cone

I think you have a good point about landlords and economic interests, Hugh, and some concerns on that front are worth considering. Convincing property- and business-owners that trucks represent a net benefit to them would be helpful.

No need to use the scare words, though -- "cabal," "cry" -- when we're talking about local folks who work hard to run small businesses that add a lot to the city.

sal leone

I think both vendor and the restaurant owner can survive with fair regulation. This is America and the right to earn an honest living is vital to our way of life. I think if certain council members can be fair and not be guided by DGI then we can come up with a fair agreement. The market can provide for both parties because their are people who want to eat quick and cheap and those that want to sit down and eat.

I think a task force should be formed with all parties included, regulation can work if its fair.

Billy Jones

Has anyone actually done cost comparisons to see if trucked food is really cheaper? And if so, by how much? My own experiences with food trucks nation wide is that retail prices are sometimes as high if not higher than restaurants. Just like convenience stores. the cost of convenience is often more.

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