Tell Charlotte City Council to Support Mobile Food Trucks
  • Petitioned Jason Burgess

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City Council Member
Jason Burgess
City Council Member
Patsy Kinsey
City Council Member
Andy Dulin
Mayor
Anthony Foxx
City Council Member
James Mitchell
Mayor Pro-Tem
Patrick Cannon

Tell Charlotte City Council to Support Mobile Food Trucks

    1. Petition by

      Action Institute NC

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In the fall of 2008, the Charlotte City Council approved an ordinance that in effect put the majority of mobile food vendors out of business. The ordinance states that a mobile food vendor may not be within 400 feet from a home; must close by 9pm; and may only be in a specific location for no more than 90 days.

Before the passage of the ordinance, there were approximately 50 vendors working in the Charlotte area. Two years later, there are now around 7 still open(not taking into account the new trucks that have popped up recently). This ordinance is based on what the Zoning Department has admitted are just "perceptions" of how food trucks attract crime and loitering in the community. Zoning admitted that they had no hard evidence to substantiate these "perceptions". The ordinance was written in such a way that in effect it mostly affected Loncheras (hispanic mobile food vendors) negatively.

Mobile food vendors are small businesses trying to survive in the current bad economy. In an economic atmosphere where many are out of work, mobile food vendors employ people locally. As hard-working tax payers who pay for permits to do business, they  help stimulate the local economy. Ask the Charlotte City Council to ammend the ordinance and allow these hard-working valuable members of our community to go back to work.

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                                  Watch the CNN report on Charlotte mobile food vendors at: 

                          http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/06/09/food.trucks.fight.cnn

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    • Michael B DENVER, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      i do not know of anyone nor have i experanced any violence, crime, or anything negative coming to a certain area because a mobile food vender is there, if your worried about crime or negative inpact on these areas or any areas for that matter, have a meeting with cmpd and ease up on seat belt tickets and concentrate on gang areas, drug areas, high crime rate areas, abandoned malls, closed shoping centers, if city ordinence can create change to areas that affect honest hard working citizens in a time that everyone is looking for work or turning to non-legal activitys to support their familys the city ordinance should do somthing that helps the area, weather its mandating the cleaning up old motels and shoping centers and abandoned areas. or somthing with a little more thought,

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    • Shawna Holmes CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Everyone is not fortunate to be able to rent a physical storefront plus all of the expenses that come with it. Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dream and own their own business. Also if your business is all its set out to be, no one elses business should interfere. Your product speaks for itself.

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    • Matt Coogan CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      You should encourage small business; that's America!

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    • Joe Hannan WEST COLUMBIA, SC
      • over 3 years ago

      Carne Asada is not a crime!!!

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    • Maudia Melendez CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      The Latino community deserves to have authentic latin food in our neighborhoods as part of our culture.

      Please amend the ordinance now in place, to be inclusive and mindful of the needs of the latin community present in Charlotte.

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