Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 19, 2013

New proposal in food truck debate


“It's as simple as (the DDA has) the parking map in front of you. Tell me what you think,” Crough said.

John Di Giacomo, a DDA board member, said he doubts there's enough business at the suggested parking lots.

"Trying to appease everybody by putting somebody in a corner to operate is the wrong way to go about it," he said.

Simon Joseph, owner of the Roaming Harvest Food food truck, said he is disappointed with the proposal, especially with nearly 800 folks signing a petition and more than 80 percent supporting food trucks in a local chamber of commerce poll.

“To disregard that and to say ‘no’ to street vending at all is kind of a stretch," he said.

He also believes proposed fees are too high.

“Chicago charges $500 for vendors in the Loop and there is no additional number for private or public,” he said.

David Denison, who owns La Cuisine Amical and who helped create the plan, said it would require the property owner to provide bathrooms, trash pick-up and ensure pedestrian safety.

“If they don’t have the infrastructure support, we know where the support will be,” he said. “They’ll come into our place and use the bathroom."

He doesn't think food trucks should be permitted to use valuable public parking spots, but he does support food trucks in Traverse City.

“The younger generation of people really likes food trucks, and that’s the group Traverse City has the hardest time holding onto,” Denison said. “We have to figure out how to do something.”



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