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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Regarding the gourmet food trucks

The City of Miami has three rules for the gourmet food trucks. As you know we have been discussing the issue of whether they would work in Coconut Grove.

Accordingly, food trucks can be operated one of three ways in the City:

1. An operator can obtain a peddler’s license. This requires the food truck to continuously be moving and only stop when an actual transaction is taking place. Once the transaction is concluded, the food truck must move again. Ice cream trucks are the prime example of food trucks with peddler’s licenses.

2. An operator can obtain a Temporary Use/Special Event Permit. These permits are issued to operators on private property two times per year, a maximum of two weeks each (4 weeks total). On public property, ten permits, two weeks each (20 weeks total) can be issued. These time limitations are strictly enforced and can only be waived upon an affirmative vote of the City Commission.

3. An operator can obtain a Temporary Use of Vacant Land Permit. These permits allow operators to have food trucks for six months. The permits can be extended in six month increments for a total of two years. In order to obtain this type of permit, the property must be VACANT. Parking lots and abandoned properties are not considered vacant. There cannot be anything on the actual property and no active uses in order to obtain this permit.

This is ridiculous. More on this tomorrow.

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