Food truck ordinance moves forward

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A proposed ordinance regulating food trucks will be presented to council in several weeks. Food truck operators say the revised ordinance is a big step forward.

Jeff Avera runs Monroe's To Go. He's been watching the issue very closely. When the ordinance was first proposed several months ago, he had a lot of concerns.

"It was definitely troubling," he said.

Some of the proposed restrictions included shutting down at midnight, and being a certain number of feet from intersections, bus stops, even curbs.

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"I thought all the rules were ridiculous and most everybody felt the same way," he said.

Since then, a group of food truck operators have worked with council member Reggie Brown to fine tune the ordinance. The latest version allows trucks to operate from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. citywide, and around the clock downtown. Also, while downtown, food trucks would have to be at least 50 feet away from brick and mortar restaurants.

"It's definitely a weight off our shoulders," Avera said.

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There are still some issues to work out, but Avera says he's glad the ordinance is getting revised.

"They started to scare us, but seems like everything's going good now," he said.


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