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2011-19-261 - Food Trucks Regulations City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: September 14, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading x X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No x Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) X Sponsor Name Councilman Oliver Gilbert, III Department: Mayor and City Council Short Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE II, SECTION 4-40 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCE TO CREATE REGULATIONS RELATING TO MULTIPLE TENT SALES; AMENDING CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE II OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCE TO CREATE A NEW SECTION 4-45 RELATING TO REGULATIONS FOR FOOD TRUCKS; RENUMBERING THE EXISTING SECTION 4-45 TO 4-46; AMENDING CHAPTER 34, ARTICLE VII SECTION 34-288(13) OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS RELATING TO BOX LUNCHES, TRANSIENT CATERING TRUCKS; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: Background The food truck phenomenon has proliferated throughout the county, and expanded its foothold in the South Florida region. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Miami Herald, the ITEM I-2) ORDINANCE SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING Food Trucks 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 mobile food vendors have gained popularity and municipalities are attempting to regulate these activities. Food trucks, also known as mobile food facilities or culinary trucks prepare unpackaged food and sell them at retail from pushcarts, trailers, trucks, and carts. It is an inexpensive alternative for consumers to sample gourmet food outside the confinement of sit‐down restaurants. Today, cities in Miami‐Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are encouraging this type of dining experience by allowing food trucks to congregate in a courtyard, festival, or other special events. Current Situation In an effort to adapt to the growing needs of the marketplace, Councilman Oliver Gilbert is recommending an amendment to Ordinance 2011‐10‐252, Article II Special Events Regulations, which was adopted by the City Council on April 27, 2011 to regulate food trucks that are migrating to Miami Gardens. Additionally, the amendment will allow existing businesses that have a business license in the City of Miami Gardens to set up multiple tents for retail sale of merchandise, rather than limiting the owner or operator to one tent structure for each event. The business owner is only allowed one tent per year, and only in specified zoning districts. Below is s brief outline of the proposed amendments: • Allows mobile food facilities and food truck special events to operate in the City with a special event permit. • Defines food trucks as mobile food facilities, and requires them to have state licensure and a commissary. • Requires a special event permit for mobile food facilities to congregate at any location, and limits the number of activities and hours of the event at each location. • Requires each vehicle to be equipped with hand‐washing sinks and refuse receptacles, as well as the availability of a restroom for the employees. • Establishes a policy to ensure the event site, as well as the adjacent areas, are maintained in a safe and clean manner. • Prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages. • Prohibits ice cream trucks and grocery trucks. A separate resolution will set the fee schedule for food truck special events and “multi‐tent” outdoor sale events. Proposed Action: Councilman Oliver Gilbert recommends the adoption of the attached Ordinance amending Article II, Special Events Regulations. Attachment: None.