Street vending can work with Action!

The people in the city that make the laws are currently evaluating the status of street vending regulation in Los Angeles and exploring options for an entirely new system aimed at remedying a broken one which technically prohibits street vending, but then again it doesn't.

Some whiners cite concerns over the city’s ability to actually implement and enforce anything new, and cry about various risks associated with street vending – food contamination, legal liability, ADA compliance considerations, safety standards and trash pickup costs, among other things. Lame-O.

Supporters, on the other hand, point out that street vendors contribute to the vibrancy of the local community, give consumers more options, and provide individual entrepreneurs with purpose, opportunity and income. They also remind us that many other major cities have implemented successful street vending programs.

The 'American People' want to to have their cake and eat it as well,  preserve street food vending and introduce reasonable reforms which address the concerns raised above. In other words, don’t take away my bacon-wrapped hot dogs if you don’t have to!

There is absolutely no reason that there can’t be the best of both worlds – good and effective, balanced regulation that captures the economic and community benefits of street food vending while also addressing the whiners. Everyone needs to get on board towards that end.

Vendors say regulations killing them

There's been an ongoing food truck craze in many places across the country, but things have been a little more muted here in Sarasota. In fact, operators like Michelle Boomhauer say city and county rules are preventing the food trucks from operating.

"The rules do hinder our business. I can't pull up my truck and just work every day. I'm limited to working at markets right now," Boomhauer says. "I can't even pull up to a business that asks me to [operate] without the permission of the landlord, and sometime the landlord's are scared of code enforcement coming down on them," said Boomhauer.