Jacksonville Meals Vehicles Watch out for Newly Proposed Laws – Information – The Florida Occasions-Union

There are 89 licensed food trucks in Jacksonville that may be forced to change the way they do business depending on what happens to a bill proposed by Councilor Reggie Brown.

The Downtown Vision advocacy group distributed a draft bill attributed to Brown Tuesday that banned food trucks from operating between midnight and 6 a.m. and restricted the truck to operation in commercial or industrial zones.

Brown said he was at least a month away from a final version of the bill.

Nothing’s finalized yet, but Mike Field, co-founder of Jax Truckies, thinks the proposed increases in regulations for food trucks are a bit extreme.

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In response to the developments, food truck supporters took effect Tuesday night at Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco as part of a public forum organized by the US Green Building Council of North Florida.

The group hosts the event regularly to increase support for local businesses, and Field was the final speaker on Tuesday.

He said he had no problem putting food trucks in the law as some of the zoning laws in the city were out of date.

But he believes some of the things in Brown’s proposed bill are overreactions to some unapproved food trucks and that there should be a way to allow licensed vendors to make money in Jacksonville.

“It doesn’t mean they can’t exist, but the way they made the law it is next to impossible for them to make money or go anywhere that is profitable,” he said after speaking with the crowd had spoken.

Under the proposals in the bill, food trucks would be assigned specific locations to operate, truck operators would be prohibited from doing business within 500 feet of a house or subdivision, and trucks would be equidistant from areas that are are designated as commercial areas in the neighborhood.

Brown said he eats at food trucks and does not want to stifle this industry, but believes that some basic requirements such as: B. Hygiene standards should be developed.

“There are some who get it right,” he said, adding that others could harm the food truck industry if they operate without proper food storage or clean preparation areas.

Brown has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., where he hopes people who deal with food trucks and stationary restaurants can start talking about rules that both of them Groups could live. He said he would like to develop a committee that will reflect both camps before proposing a bill.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308, [email protected]

Steve Patterson: (904) 359-4263, [email protected]

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