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City Council discussion on food trucks in Downtown Pensacola
PENSACOLA -- The Mayor of Pensacola is asking the City Council to give input and direction as to the future regulations for food trucks operating in the city. Customers say more competition is better. Restaurant owners say food trucks aren't fair business.
According to the mayor's office, there currently four active mobile vending licenses in Pensacola. Only one of those operates as a food truck.
Jason Wheeler has lived in Pensacola for 20 years. He believes more restaurants and more food trucks means more choices of food. "You get tired of the same restaurants all the time, so variety is good."
"Any way that small business owners can prop up new businesses around town for Pensacola, I'm all for it," says Chris Scott who has been in the city for 2 years.
But brick and mortar restaurant owners are asking for regulations on food trucks that are consistent and clear. Jim Holler has owned the dog house deli for 37 years. He's seen a lot of restaurants open in downtown, and supports that kind of competition since they invest financially in the downtown area by paying taxes and making renovations.
"And finally it's starting to boom!" says Holler. "And for somebody like food trucks to come in and have nothing invested and just kind of swoop the cream off the top, that doesn't sit well with me. I don't like it."
The City Council will look at food truck policies from other cities before an ordinance is drafted for Pensacola.