Proposal made to legislate food trucks in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Food truck owners in Jacksonville say they could be forced out of business if an ordinance on food trucks is passed as written. Jennifer Kline has run 'Up in Smoke' for 2 years.

"It would cause me to lose my livelihood," she said.

Councilman Reggie Brown drafted the ordinance. He says the ordinance isn't meant to drive anyone out of business. Instead, Brown says it's to make sure food trucks and brick and mortar restaurants are on a level playing field.

"We want the business, we just have to find a way to coexist," Brown said.

The proposal would make it illegal for food trucks to be within a certain distance from certain spots. For example, 25 feet from an intersection, 20 feet from a bus stop, or 300 feet from the property line of a home or other restaurant.

Owners, like Kline, say the proposal is too strict.

"We expect to have regulations as long as it's reasonable," Kline said. "The stuff that is being proposed is just too much."

Councilman Brown says the proposal is just a first draft.

"What I wanted to do is come to the table with a framework - give us something to work with to spark ideas," he said.

Brown is holding a public meeting with food truck owners at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. That's when he hopes to start to work toward an agreement. Brown says he wants an ordinance on the books in three months.

A petition in support of food trucks has been created and has a goal of 7,500 signatures as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.


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