I think this is a weakly written law; food trucks should have some very clear debris, noise and mitigation rules about the issues that arise, including diners who perch on neighborhood steps and sidewalks, leaving debris and escalating outdoor late night noise (to understand, see any neighborhood bar that currently allows food trucks to come and set up.) To me, the easiest thing to do would be to include these new permits into a comprehensive farmers market/outdoor food ordinance that encourages more open food to be available but gives precedence to those who source locally and follow common-sense rules. Have the permit money go to a city staffer who manages those outlets and roams (especially during Mardi Gras) checking on their set up and allows for escalating penalties to result in loss of permit.
The Crescent City Farmers Market wrote very good risk management rules for their markets over 15 years ago and yet they are the only ones required (by their own board) to operate under those excellent rules. Why not write new rules from those and extend to any single event or outdoor food sales?
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