ST AUGUSTINE, FL – The fate of food trucks on St. Augustine Beach may be decided at the City Commission meeting Monday night.
In November, Commissioners adopted five stipulations regarding food trucks and agreed to pass the ordinance in accordance to those stipulations.
The revised ordinance now requires:
• Food permits that are required by the state of Florida and St. Johns County;
• Food trucks must be parked no closer than 70 feet of an established restaurant;
• Provide one handicapped and one regular parking space;
• Food trucks must be removed from a location at midnight and not returned until one hour before the start of operation;
• A maximum of four food trucks.
On Monday, the Commission will meet for another reading of the ordinance and to take possible action.
The changes to the ordinances did not appease everyone, however. Those who are opposed to food trucks said that allowing food trucks to do business on the beach will counteract the unique atmosphere that the community has worked hard to cultivate over the years. They don’t want St. Augustine Beach to become a tourist trap comparable to Daytona Beach.
In addition to food trucks, the Commission also agreed to give the Public Works Department permission to begin the process of piping a ditch in the Ocean Woods subdivision on 16th Street. A civil engineering consultant will be hired to provide a cost estimate, and once the estimate is determined, the Commission will meet to discuss funding.
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