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Miami’s Food Trucks Hit The Brakes Over Permit Issues

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KENDALL (CBS4) – The nationwide food truck craze has created quite a following in Miami, but the exposure may have ultimately shut them down.

Several Friday night food truck gatherings have been canceled in recent weeks, over city and county permit issues.

The general manager of West Kendall Toyota and Lexus of West Kendall was issued a “Notice of Violation” by “Operating a Fair Without a Permit” by holding the food truck events on his dealership’s property, according to the Miami New Times.

Other gatherings, like the Bay Food Truck Roundup at American Legion Post #29 and the Biscayne Triangle Roundup in Northeast Miami-Dade were issued similar citations.

In addition to the permit violations, zoning violations may also come into play. County and city officials do not designate food trucks as “vendor carts”, but are designated as commercial trucks, which aren’t allowed to operate on private property.

“We’ve been dealing with that already, five, six months now,” said food truck operator and organizer Kevin Gleizes. “We’ve been kicked out of many different spots.”

Gleizes says the vendors that are lucky enough to get a licenses, do not have a place to set up shop.

“They agree to take the money and give more licenses, but at the same time, they are not going to give us spots to operate,” says Gleizes.

CBS4’s Gwen Belton placed a call to code enforcement officers who are well aware of the problem, and are working to present a solution to county commissioners when they meet on March 1.

Source: The Miami New Times

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