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Food truck legislation may shake up Jacksonville

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Updated: 2/26 7:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Brown is proposing new legislation on food trucks.

Some local food trucks say the legislation could put them out of business.

“The restrictions that are being put in place limit us totally as to where we can park, the amount of people we can serve, the ability to serve them and where we can serve them,” said food truck manager Theresa Augustine.

Brown told a meeting room with nearly 200 people that food truck legislation is needed because there is currently nothing on the books regulating food trucks.

“Who's telling them where they can set up a food truck and where they can't set up one?” asked Brown.

The proposed legislation includes operating hours limited to 6 a.m. to midnight, trucks cannot be within 500 feet of single-family homes or 500 feet from parks, and trucks must have $200,000 in liability insurance.

Augustine said if the final language of the legislation is too strict, it may drive food trucks out of Jacksonville.

“We'd have to go look for other places, maybe Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, St. Augustine. In turn, it costs more gas, propane, more travel expenses for your employees and that kind of thing,” said Augustine.

Brown plans to form a joint team of food truck owners and local government leaders to finalize legislation language within the next three months.
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whosaysnocan - 2/28/2014 8:49 AM
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Well observed "Truthseeker." It is the powerful, wealthy restaurant owners that are bringing leverage to oust these trucks. Interesting that the food trucks are making some headway at the beaches and they are losing ground downtown. The food establishments that cater to the businesses~lawyers, law enforcement, bankers, insurance and the like~will lose their market share to the trucks due to the lower costs and probably better food. I sure want to see these food truck venders "win" their place to serve their food.

RFM2009 - 2/27/2014 7:13 AM
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City Councilman Reggie Brown - Another CAREER POLITICIAN looking to make a name for himself. He'll succeed - as Public Enemy #1 in the world of free enterprise. Better check his campaign contribution reports to see who his contributors are. A wise and prudent consideration would be to examine thoroughly the domino effect of hobbling the Food Truck Industry. All the jobs dependent upon food trucks, supplies, maintenance, support and taxes. How deep will the negative impact be? Stop wasting Taxpayer money on frivolous legislation! This proposed Ordinance is a miscarriage of prudent lawmaking. Reggie, cancel it and get back to SERVING all of Duval County's taxpayers and voters - not special interests. Else, you may get cancelled in November

GUS11 - 2/27/2014 6:58 AM
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From the United States Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness" Its amazing how the Jacksonville Govt is trying to remove these rights from people that want to run a food truck. The city council should be on death row. They don't honor any rights of the people (except their friends)

Realchange - 2/27/2014 5:27 AM
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Action News should do some specials on the regulations in place in Jacksonville code enforcement. People would be surprised by how many rights the council has taken away in years without telling people.

Truthseeker - 2/27/2014 4:26 AM
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Obviously the food truck owners haven't lined as many politicians pockets as the restaurant owners. BEsides a politician has never seen anything that he or she didn't want to regulate.
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