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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should food trucks be allowed in downtown Pensacola's core area?
The Pensacola Planning Board today will discuss new regulations for food trucks in the downtown area.
City Councilman Andy Terhaar has proposed an ordinance that would keep the rolling restaurants out of the core business area, and away from existing restaurants.
That idea received unanimous support from the city council last month.
Terhaar's ordinance would keep food trucks 500 feet away from brick and mortar restaurants on Palafox street and within one block on either side... unless they get written permission from nearby restaurant owners.
Under current city law, food trucks are forbidden from operating on private property, except in areas zoned c-3 or industrial.
There's nothing in the city code now about a vendors' right to operate in public rights of way, as long as they are legally parked in a public space.
The ordinance on the table would also regulate how long a food truck could stay in one location.
Supporters of the law say it will preserve the beauty of the district, prevent sidewalk and traffic congestion, and protect the investments of established business owners.
Opponents say such a law is unconstitutional, and say there's no evidence food trucks hurt anyone's business.
Should food trucks be allowed in downtown Pensacola's core area? Tell us what you think. You can vote on our Facebook page under 'Connect Three' or just click here to go there now.