The proprietor of Mastry’s Brewing Firm hopes St. Pete Seashore metropolis commissioners will move a brand new ordinance governing meals vans throughout a second studying of the proposed ordinance subsequent month.
- No present ordinance covers meals vans
- Mayor, commissioners voted to move ordinance
- Subsequent vote throughout assembly Sept. 12
“Meals vans have been a quite common a part of enterprise for breweries,” stated Mastry’s proprietor Matthew Dahm. “Since we have opened, we have had plenty of requests from our locals to have the ability to have meals vans.”
Dahm stated his brewery doesn’t have a kitchen, and the delicacies meals vans present might praise the beer he sells.
“It is a new tradition,” he stated. “Whether or not you are speaking concerning the foodies, otherwise you’re speaking concerning the craft beer lovers on the market, individuals like dynamic decisions, dynamic experiences.”
Mayor Al Johnson stated as a result of meals vans are distinctive, there’s no present ordinance that covers the cellular distributors. They’ve been allowed up to now solely throughout particular events.
“We realized that in accordance with our paperwork we actually couldn’t permit them. No place within the metropolis until it’s a particular occasion,” Johnson stated. “There’s a catch-all within the allowable (makes use of). It needs to be comparable in type and nature to what’s there, and a meals truck is a unique animal utterly.”
Final week Johnson, together with commissioners Terri Finnerty and Rick Falkenstein, voted to cross a brand new meals truck ordinance. The proposed ordinance limits meals truck operation to 3 days per week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the vans should stay on a enterprise’ property, not on vacant land. The locations they will function can also be restricted.
“We don’t need to have meals vans 24-7 all the best way up and down the island,” Johnson stated. “This concentrates it round what we name our downtown core, which is Corey Avenue and some blocks north and south of that.”
The enterprise that might host the meals truck would additionally have to get a conditional use allow good for one yr.
Dahm stated to date no one has complained concerning the proposed ordinance. Actually, he has letters from close by eating places that state they help it.
“That is one thing that the group’s asking for,” he stated. “If the group stated, ‘Matt I am completely comfortable popping out to Mastry’s Brewing Co. with out having meals vans’, we would not be pushing the agenda.”
The fee is scheduled to take their second vote on the meals truck ordinance, that may put the regulation into impact, at their subsequent assembly on Sept. 12.