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Show your support to help the Scranton mobile food industry spread without the hindrance of laws that require food truck owners to operate under restrictions that protect one business model over another (i.e. brick and mortar restaurants).

Letter to
City of Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty
Mayor of Scranton

Show your support to help the Scranton mobile food industry spread without the hindrance of laws that require food truck owners operate under restrictions that protect one business model over another (i.e. brick and mortar restaurants).

This won't happen with the current ordinance proposal in Scranton. The codes that typically govern mobile vendors are already overly restrictive and it will only get worse. Let's agree to change these laws, so that they encourage new business, benefit neighborhoods, and build the strength of the city's restaurant industry.

Some of the restrictive laws that should be revised are:

Those which prevent food trucks from parking in downtowns or business districts.
Those which restrict the distance from restaurants a food truck can park.
Those which prevent food trucks from parking in metered parking locations.

I urge to you amend pending food truck legislation to eliminate the food truck distance ban from brick and mortar restaurants. As a consumer I deserve the right to choose where I buy my food when I dine out.

The strict 100-foot rule and harsh parking penalties have nothing to do with protecting us, the public. The city is giving special benefits to restaurants and treating food truck entrepreneurs like second-class citizens. This greatly affects our ability to choose where we, as consumers, spend our money. We should defend our right to choose where we get lunch depending if we want to sit down at a restaurant or grab food from a food truck.

Food trucks are an important source of economic opportunity for entrepreneurs of all types. They can enhance the culinary culture of the city, increase employment, enliven streets, and provide food options in underserved areas - if you let them.