National Street Vending Initiative: Orlando, Fla.
In May 2013, Orlando launched a two-year pilot program to regulate food trucks. Unfortunately, the program is incredibly restrictive. Over 90 percent of the city is off-limits to food trucks: they’re forbidden from selling on sidewalks, public streets, rights of way, and downtown (unless they enter into a very expensive and time-consuming concession agreement). In addition, vendors can sell on private property, but only on properties in specially designated zones, with the property owner’s notarized consent, and just one day a week.
In response, IJ assisted a group of food-truck entrepreneurs in forming the Central Florida Food truck Alliance. The Alliance educates citizens and lawmakers about the convenience and variety of choices that food trucks bring to Central Florida and advocates for their right to continue operating safely and legally.