Proposed Lynn Haven "Food Truck" ordinance draws many concerns
Food trucks are popular in Bay County, especially since Hurricane Michael damaged a lot of restaurants. However, many food truck owners and locals raised concerns about an ordinance Lynn Haven city leaders are considering.
Truck owners say the fees for the proposed ordinance are much higher than the fees required from Panama City and other areas in the state.
If passed, the ordinance would require food truck owners to pay a $50 permit fee, a $125 fire chief inspection fee and additional fees. Trucks would also have to abide by size restrictions and more rules.
During the city commission meeting Tuesday, several food truck owners spoke out against the proposed restrictions saying the ordinance is too complicated. They also urged city leaders to make their ordinances similar to Panama City and Bay County.
"They (Fees) were 35 and a half times more than what Panama City charges. They're gonna go back and draft up a new ordinance to look at the next meeting. Instead of 9 pages, hopefully it would be a one page document,” said The Prime Rib Guy Owner Mike Lovrekovic.
City leaders say they never had an ordinance which allowed or denied food trucks in the city. Officials say after hearing from truck owners and locals Tuesday they plan to make restrictions that align with the community's vision.
“You were gonna have to pay multiple fees. What we're doing now, we're scrapping that. That's old news. What we're doing now is completely different. I'm sure you've heard of the KISS method, 'Keep It Simple (Silly). We want to keep it some so people can operate in our city and be happy doing it.”
Truck owners also made suggestions to add restrictions like requiring state certification numbers and more. The commission will vote on the ordinance during its next meeting.