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Opinion: The Case for Food Trucks
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18 October 2017   Don Sytsma

Are food trucks getting a bum deal in the City of Prescott?

I am writing to compel you and your readers to contact the city council about changing the city code regarding mobile food vendors (code 2.5.13). 

As the code reads now, only non-motorized units under 5 ft. by 8 ft. in dimension are allowed to operate. The food truck that I own is 7 ft. by 25 ft. This is much larger than what is currently allowed, but in comparison to a standard public parking space (9’x18’), it is not the behemoth you might imagine.

I was told by the city employee I spoke with that the current code was written specifically to exclude food trucks and the reasoning was that food trucks would have an unfair advantage over “brick and mortar” restaurants. I would love for someone to explain those advantages to me.

I would also like someone to explain to me why mobile food vending seems to be the only business type to be singled out of the larger food service industry. I have heard of no instance where a hardware store couldn’t open because it would be unfair to Lowe’s or a gas station because it would be unfair to Exxon. In a free market system, if my product and my price is better then the consumer should have that choice to make. In the end, whether they spend their dinner money at a food truck or a traditional restaurant, the revenue generated for the city is the same.

The food truck business is still trending. The days of the dirty “roach coach” are gone. Food truck operators/chefs have the same pride and hold to the same standards as anyone working in a brick building. There is a large potential for Prescott and Prescott business owners to cash in on it.

Sincerely,

Don Sytsma
Maximillians Say Cheese, LLC