A divided Common Council approved changes in zoning law Tuesday that allow mobile food vendors to operate year-round in the city—with several restrictions and a fee that all but guarantees few will bother to make the trip.
Saying the proposed $200 annual permit fee was too low, Councilor Rick Taylor offered up an amendment increasing it to $1,000. The modification—and zoning measure—passed by a 4-3 vote after spirited discussion.
The debate was a familiar one: whether permitting mobile vendors puts taxpaying bricks-and-mortar establishments at risk.
“Do we want to encourage food trucks to come in … and potentially put one of these