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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Fort Collins, St Petersburg, Minneapolis and Janesville.

May 30

Fort Collins food truck scene evolves with new laws – FORT COLLINS, CO – As of May 30, Fort Collins residents might see more food trucks around town, especially at breweries.

In May, City Council passed an ordinance allowing two food trucks to sell on private property at the same time and up to eight food trucks to gather at an event.

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St. Petersburg may relax rules surrounding food trucks – ST PETERSBURG, FL – These are words that sting St. Petersburg loyalists:

“We normally go to Tampa for this,” Jerome Gonzalez told FOX 13 News while waiting to place an order at one of several food trucks parked outside All Children’s Hospital.

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May 31

Mpls. Food Truck Phenomenon Helps Other Local Businesses – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – This time of year, you can hardly walk along a downtown Minneapolis street without running into a food truck.

When the city passed an ordinance easing restrictions on these mobile restaurants the food truck phenomenon took off.

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June 1

Janesville, Milton to consider new food truck rules – JANESVILLE, WI – If the selection of food trucks in Janesville doesn’t suit your mood on a given day, you could always try the vendors in downtown Milton.

That could be one game plan if the Janesville and Milton city councils both approve proposals that would allow mobile food vendors in their communities.

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Off the Wire Food Truck NewsIn our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Fort Collins and Cranston.

July 19

New charity food truck serves dual purpose – ATLANTA, GA  – 

City of Refuge, a homeless shelter, recently began operating a food truck that not only helps finance its services but also helps homeless people break the cycle of poverty.

Folks working inside the truck aren’t just preparing quality foods. Some are shelter residents who are learning culinary skills to start over.

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Restaurants fighting food trucks with food trucks – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The booming food truck business in San Francisco is now facing new competition as brick-and-mortar restaurants are bringing their food downtown in hopes of getting a piece of the lunchtime action.

Ever since food trucks exploded onto the scene a few years ago, there’s definitely been some tension with brick-and-mortar restaurants. Now, restaurants have decided to hit the road. They don’t look that different than typical food trucks and they can now be found bringing San Francisco’s restaurant scene to the 9 to 5 crowd.

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July 20

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Fort Collins getting taste for growing food truck options – FORT COLLINS, CO – A year after the city loosened the rules to welcome food trucks to Fort Collins, mobile food vendors say residents and tourists have proven hungry for their offerings.

But they say Fort Collins still has a long way to go before creating the kind of food truck culture enjoyed by Longmont, Boulder and Denver. And they say the city and its regulations could be doing more to encourage the scene. The trucks and carts offer everything from waffles and poutine — gravy-covered fries with cheese curds — to smoked meats, Hawaiian sandwiches and American-style tacos.

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July 21

As food trucks gain traction in R.I., Cranston may change new rules that protect restaurants – CRANSTON, RI – On a sultry summer night, Tara Devany gobbles a spicy fish taco from Shuckin Truck, a seafood truck that sells fresh oysters from Salt Pond.

The setting — the town beach parking lot — isn’t elegant. But the food is terrific, says Devany, who visits the lot each week to sample thin-crust pizza, lobster rolls and barbecue burritos sold by a half-dozen food trucks.

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Fort Collins Food Vendor
Gary Block, right, owner of the Schmickel's hot dog stands, serves Lauren Knuckey, 3, Wednesday at Home Depot. V. RICHARD HARO/ THE COLORADOAN

FORT COLLINS, CO – Kati Anderson understands why some businesses wouldn’t want her mobile cupcake truck parked outside their front door.

Yet she doesn’t believe rules dictating where she can park her purple, rolling business in Fort Collins should be as restrictive as they are.

There’s a middle ground, she believes, that will satisfy brick-and-mortar businesses as well as mobile food vendors like her Cupcake Cruiser that are rolling through the city with increasing frequency.

The city is examining its rules and regulations governing outdoor food vendors, including ice cream trucks, push carts and mobile food trucks, to see if changes are needed. A public survey is out now.

The problem

Currently, mobile food trucks aren’t allowed on public property, can’t park on public streets, can’t locate in residential neighborhoods and aren’t allowed on Old Town Square.

That means the only places they can go in Old Town are on private property, with owner permission. Each time they park in a location or at a festival, they need an individual permit and can be required to make site improvements at some private businesses.

The rules have left many mobile vendors frustrated with their lack of, well, mobility, particularly in and around Old Town.

“It’s a point of contention that makes it infeasible to operate on private property,” said senior city planner and project manager Pete Wray.

Old Town Square, owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Downtown Business Association, has two spots set aside for vendors. They’re currently occupied by hot dog and gyro vendors, said Peggy Lyle, spokeswoman for the DBA.

Other vendor spots throughout Old Town are regulated by the city’s sales tax office.

“Having vendors downtown does create a vibrancy,” she said, “and our job is to make sure downtown stays vibrant and thrives, but we’re interested in striking the right balance.”

According to a survey by Mobile Cuisine, a trade magazine for mobile food vendors, food trucks have been welcomed with open arms in almost all major cities.

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