Bring Food Trucks to South Lake Tahoe!

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Do you want to see food trucks in the South Lake Tahoe?! Sign this petition today and tell city council what you want tacos!

Did you know that food trucks cannot successfully operate in the city of South Lake Tahoe?

According to South Lake Tahoe’s current mobile food vending code:

1. Mobile vending vehicles (i.e. food trucks and trailers) are prevented from operating within city limits on any private or public property except during permitted temporary activities (events).
2. Mobile vending vehicles cannot park to sell food for more than 15 minutes in one location. The code also limits vending hours from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

These two key parts of the code make it virtually impossible for a food truck to exist as a business in our hometown of South Lake Tahoe. As residents and business owners of South Lake Tahoe, we are encouraging and urging our City Council members to rethink and modify our city’s mobile food vending code to allow food trucks to exist and sell within city limits.

Local chefs, foodies, and entrepreneurs are currently forced to raise an enormous amount of money to open a traditional brick & mortar restaurant in SLT. New restaurants without an opportunity to prove out menu concepts are highly likely to fail and close in 3 years or less. Meanwhile, our town puts on large events like beer festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts in locations beyond Stateline and have to rely on food trucks from “off the hill” as a last resort because our city will not allow local business owners of Tahoe to operate food trucks. Finally, new businesses within our city that do not have a kitchen are required to pay large fees and take out event permits to hosts food trucks on their own private property.

As a small business owner, Nicole Smith has presented to the City Council proposed changes to the mobile food vending code. Changes to the code will allow food trucks to operate on any public or private property without an event permit, remove the 15-minute time limit, and extend operating hours. She has been working with the Tahoe Chamber and Restaurant Association to hear their concerns on food trucks as well. To prevent direct competition between brick & mortar restaurants and food trucks, two additional regulations were proposed to be ADDED to the code: a distance regulation of 150 feet or more from any restaurant and the prevention of any tables or chairs directly provided by the food truck.

On May 15th, the City Council will be hearing from their staff and the public on the topic of mobile vending vehicles and the city’s code. We are encouraging everyone who supports food trucks in our hometown to attend the City Council meeting at 9 AM on Tuesday, May 15th. We also encourage everyone to write emails to the City Council ahead of the meeting vocalizing your support of changing the mobile food vending code. More details and a sample email will be provided in the next couple of weeks.

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Together, let’s bring change to our town! Let’s support our economy by encouraging new small businesses to begin and flourish! Let’s give local chefs and inspiring entrepreneurs the chance to prove out their menu and concepts before investing in a very expensive physical location. Let’s support local breweries, bars, art galleries, and community hubs with LOCAL food truck vendors during their events. Let’s make South Lake Tahoe food truck friendly!!

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