Jacksonville Beach has food trucks on the menu

Jacksonville Beach, Fla. -- Years of debate on the merits of food trucks is wrapping up with a public hearing Tuesday night and a vote likely in early February.The city reviewed ordinances in 25 other cities to sort out what works.

The city council voted 6-to-2 in favor of the amendment that would allow food trucks on certain commercial properties under a year long pilot program. The council would still have to work out regulation and zoning, which would be separate ordinances. The final vote will be in two weeks.

"I think over 50 trucks in Jacksonville so it's a growing market," said Patrick O'Grady the owner of Driftwood BBQ who is waiting for the upcoming vote.

"We've tried to been shut down a few times," said O'Grady who says he was threatened with a ticket after setting up in Jacksonville Beach.

The proposed ordinance would require food trucks to set up on private property with the permission of the owners. It also spells out permitting and parking requirements.

Restaurants typically have concerns with mobile food operations since they have property tax obligations, which mobile vendors do not have.

The proposed ordinance in Jacksonville Beach is for one year to see how it works out.


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