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Sunrise Commission Meeting Outcome: City Manager to Work With Food Truckers

Last evening's Sunrise Commission meeting was in sharp contrast to December's, which lasted only about two minutes. The January meeting lasted over four hours, with much of the time devoted to the possible ban or regulation of the mobile restaurants in the city's limits.

Food truck owners in attendance, many members of the newly formed Food Truck Alliance of South Florida, were given time to plead their cases, with most of them pointing out to the Commission that each truck was permitted, insured, and inspected.

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Food Truck owner Robb Muise, who serves as a spokesperson for the Food

Truck Alliance, told the Commission that he is in favor of any

regulations the city might impose over an all-out ban. He also suggested that Sunrise embrace food trucks, making

the small city a "model" for other cities who are interested in working

withthe mobile units.

Carlos Fiero, owner of Zombie Ice, said

that his first ever food truck roundup was in Sunrise, pointing out

that Sunrise Mayor Michael J. Ryan's son might have been his first

customer. He said that, "just getting rid of food trucks could never be a

good solution."

On the other side of the coin, the owner of Lester's Diner

in Sunrise pointed out that he pays $22,500 rent to do business in

Sunrise and feels that food trucks are taking business from him.


Mayor Joseph Scuotto, who has been seen as an opponent of food trucks,

stated that the idea that he wanted to ban food trucks "is a

misconception", and that "no one person can ban food trucks".


times Scuotto and Mayor Ryan were at odds with each other. At one point

in the meeting, Mayor Ryan suggested that a monthly food truck event at

the Sunrise Corporate Park might be a good idea, since about 30,000

people work in the complex. "Why are we doing this for the food

trucks?", countered Scuotto. "Why don't we team up with the local

restaurants who are the taxpayers?"

In the end, Mayor Ryan

requested that something be drawn up on paper. He suggested that a

select group of food truck owners work with city staff. "Let's bring consensus with the food truck community."


new City Manager, Alan Cohen, volunteered to meet with the truck owners

to come up with a compromise that could go on a future Commission

meeting agenda for a more formal vote.

That seems like promising news to food truck owners, who are in favor of regulations over an outright city ban.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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