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Landrieu vetoes food truck ordinance

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has vetoed an ordinance that would have updated the city's rules governing mobile food vendors.  But he is also pledging to work with the City Council on the issue.

Councilwoman-at-Large Stacy Head authored the ordinance and it passed the full council on April 19.  It was designed to address concerns by restaurant owners.  

The Mayor's Office released Landrieu's letter to the Clerk of Council announcing his veto Wednesday:

Dear Madam Clerk:

I hereby return Ordinance M.C.S. 025291 (Calendar Number 29,497) disapproved for the following reasons:

• Both the author of the ordinance and its principal proponent have publically stated their belief that elements of the adopted ordinance as amended may be unconstitutional.

• Further, the City Attorney has raised Equal Protection concerns and opined that this ordinance would not withstand a legal challenge. It would be unwise to sign this ordinance into law in its current form when it appears certain that it will be invalidated by the court.

My veto notwithstanding, I strongly support Councilmember At-Large Head and the City Council's efforts to update the City Code regulations pertaining to itinerant vendors, including those governing frozen seafood, vegetable and fruit, and food trucks.

Accordingly, I have directed my staff to work with the Council to immediately address this issue and develop changes which will result in mobile food vending laws which are legal, fair, enforceable and best serve the industry and the people of New Orleans.

Yours very truly,

Mitchell J. Landrieu

The ordinance would have required food trucks to operate at least 200 feet from brick and mortar eateries and for a maximum of four hours in one location.  It also would have banned them from the French Quarter, the Central Business District and parts of Frenchmen Street, and would have limited the number of non-renewable permits to 75.

Restaurateurs' concerns notwithstanding, the vendors have become increasingly popular in New Orleans and elsewhere, and they say it's been difficult to find their proper fit in the city, given the current municipal restrictions on their trade.

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