Food truck vendors are preparing for a public meeting Thursday evening
Legalizing street food would make it safer for consumers, because taco stands would be subject to inspections by the county Health Department. Income from city vending permits or fees could fund tougher police enforcement against illegal sellers.
Baltimore County should scrap its proposed 300-foot rule and let all its entrepreneurs continue to dream big.
If truck operators can find private property on which to park, they will come to Akron. Winer and Sabo have found a roundabout way into the city — they signed up to be a vendor at the Countryside Conservancy’s Highland Square Farmers Market, so they can park there every Thursday during market season to sell.
The Mobile Food Vending Program, which was first piloted in 2010, was passed into law last week, and in 30 days it will allow new food truck zones in Over-the-Rhine as well as a streamlined application for vendors.
The board also agreed to “start from scratch” and come back with a revised law that would address more of the food truck operators’ concerns after a two-hour public hearing in a packed house that included some ardent arguments and a few tears.
All mobile vending operators will be required to obtain a mobile operations permit and city business license. They must also comply with all state and county health code licensing and permitting requirements and report tax revenues generated in Del Mar.
Mobile food trucks are required to have a manager present that is trained in basic food safety through ServSafe or an equivalent course, just as a restaurant does. Enforcement of this rule through loss of points in an inspection will begin in January 2014 for both mobile food units and restaurants