JACKSONVILLE, FL – A City Councilman is working on a bill to impose more regulations on Jacksonville food trucks — regulations that supporters of the mobile eateries say could put the brakes on the city’s food truck scene.
Councilman Reginald Brown has drawn up an ordinance that would limit the number of hours food trucks can operate — no later than midnight and no earlier than 6 a.m. — as well as the areas in which they can operate.
Trucks would be banned within 500 feet of a single-family residential dwelling, a residentially zoned neighborhood, a commercially zoned neighborhood or a residential subdivision. They would also have to be more than 500 feet from city-owned parks, although they could get a permit to waive that restriction.
Trucks could operate only near a curb space, and only where the zoning is commercial or industrial. They would have to be 75 feet from other permitted vendors.
Brown said Tuesday he began to look into food truck regulations after issues with trucks on Lane Avenue and at the intersection of Ray and Cleveland Roads off of Edgewood Avenue on the Westside.
He is holding a public meeting at city hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday to invite public comment on the issue.
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