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Victory in Sunrise!
In 2012, the Sunrise City Commission began entertaining new regulations for food trucks, with one commissioner has even proposing an outright ban.
More than 50 food truck owners banded together to create the South Florida Food Truck Alliance to defend street food vendors from anti-competitive laws and overregulation.
Combined IJ and South Florida Food Truck Alliance activism reversed the city's position, resulting in a victory for food-truck entrepreneurs in Novemeber, 2013. A new ordinance was passed allowing vending on private property.
"It is far from ideal, but it is a modest step in the right direction," said Justin Pearson, Executive Director of IJ's Florida chapter.
"Our hope is that this important first step will lead to additional changes in the future, especially when brick-and-mortar businesses see how food trucks help out local businesses — including restaurants — by attracting customers from out of town."
Although there is room for improvement, this is a testament to the power of grassroots advocacy and the appealing logic of economic liberty.
Read IJ's op-ed in the Daily Caller, "It's time for the sun to rise on Sunrise food trucks."
Wondering what else is going on in Florida? Find out how IJ is fighting for the rights of Hialeah street vendors to earn an honest living here.
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