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.