PALM SPRINGS, CA – One local business man says he is undeterred by Palm Springs City Council’s recent decision to extend its moratorium on food truck operation on city streets.
Burt Akkaraporn became a franchisee owner of Kona Ice, a mobile DIY-shaved ice truck, in October. Despite the city restrictions on such operations, Akkaraporn’s business is able to thrive because the truck is allowed to operate at private functions.
“We’re just like a private caterer, but serving the public on a public street, you have to deal with the city,” he said.
Most commonly, Akkaraporn attends school functions, charities, private events or some birthday parties that take his truck off the streets. He also donates a portion of his proceeds to the hosting organizations.
Riverside County enacted legislation last year that created a system where food trucks could be permitted and inspected, and would allow each city to establish rules in regards to operations and other issues. Other Coachella Valley cities have allowed food trucks and the first Sunday of each month, Cathedral City hosts First Sundays Gourmet Food Truck Fare in front of Cathedral City’s Civic Center.
Should Palm Springs’ moratorium be lifted, Akkaraporn is ready to roam the streets more freely, but he still wants to maintain his philanthropic mission to help organizations.
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