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Food Truckers Form Alliance To Fight Possible Sunrise Ban

Food Truckers Form Alliance To Fight Possible Sunrise Ban

The City of Sunrise will hold a discussion today to determine the fate of food trucks at their monthly City Commission meeting.

The meeting, held at Sunrise City Hall (10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise), held today, January 8  at 6 p.m., might just be a little more spirited than the typical monthly discussion of issues. 

That's because about 40 food truck owners and roundup organizers are expected to attend  in a show of solidarity. The truckers have formed the Food Truck Alliance of South Florida, a grassroots group whose first mission is to defeat the proposed ban on food trucks in Sunrise. 

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According to Robb Muise, owner of Friar Tuck's food truck and a

spokesperson for the group, about 75 food truck owners in south Florida

have joined the alliance including B.C. Tacos, HipPops, Joji Yogurt,  Mojo on the Go, Crazydilla, and Munchcakes.

The alliance was formed after December's Commission meeting, which was adjourned early. Though

the official meeting lasted only about two minutes, several food truck

owners in attendance decided to meet for coffee. It was then that they

discussed banding together to fight the potential ban. Through email and

social media, the group grew as food truck owners decided that, with their

livelihoods at stake, there was strength in numbers.

Muise told Clean Plate Charlie that

the alliance is just that. "We do things by general consensus, but I

have some political activism experience, so myself and a few other

owners are taking the reins."

Tomorrow's Sunrise Commission

meeting will see members grouping together, many with the hopes of

getting three minutes in which to voice their opinions. It's the first step in a potential city-wide ban of food trucks.

After this, a vote to ban food trucks could be placed on the agenda of a

future meeting.  Muise plans to speak,  with the hopes of directly

addressing Commissioner Joey Scuotto, who owns a pizzeria in Sunrise.

Scuotto is against food trucks rolling in Sunrise, having told The Sun-Sentinel back in November, "Why

would I want to allow a rolling

restaurant in

my city when we have restaurants here already that struggle every day?"

Muise wants to ask the Comissioner to prove to the citizens of Sunrise

that owning a restaurant does not make him biased against the mobile

eateries.

Even though Sunrise is just one city in the vast south

Florida terrain, a food truck ban could possibly start a chain-reaction.

Muise is concerned that, "if they ban trucks in Sunrise, maybe Margate is next. All

it takes is one town to have an issue, and we don't want that."

Muise

said that even though the work is hard, he and his fellow truckers are

living the American dream of owning a small business. "There are two

critical things that tie all of us together. We're filled

with passion and we have a shared sacrifice. This year, I actually

became a job creator. I hired an 18 year-old young man who's starting

college with his earnings."

Muise is asking food truck fans,

Sunrise residents, and anyone who "doesn't want government to regulate

free enterprise" to attend tomorrow's meeting or follow the alliance's

progress on friartucks.me or sflfoodtrucks.org.

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