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Food Fight Comes To A Close

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food truck--credit J Lupiani

food truck–credit J Lupiani

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(Las Vegas, NV) — The Las Vegas City Council decided to take things into their own hands regarding food trucks.

For nearly a year there has been a battle on a multitude of different issues. One, the distance mobile-food vendors could operate from brick-and-mortar restaurants.

When the discussion started months ago restaurant operators wanted the trucks no closer than 1600 feet away. After a series of meetings between vendors and restaurant operators it was decided that 150 feet would be the distance that mobile food-vendors would be required to stay away from restaurants.

But according to Councilman Steve Ross, the government should steer clear from making these decisions.

“It’s not the job of government to regulate competition. It’s not our job. I would be very hard-pressed to support any sort of distance separation from mobile-vending trucks and restaurants. To me it’s a different customer.”

Also on Wednesday the council approved to adopt new regulations regarding open-air vendors. They include food-carts, bottled-water vendors  and sunglasses salespeople, etc.

The new ordinances that deal with open-air vendors are as follows:

  • No tents or umbrellas
  • 150 feet from any residence
  • one vendor per property
  • operating hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • no water or power hook-ups

The council can revisit the modifications if the changes aren’t satisfactory.

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