The SRQ Food Truck Alliance is made up over 20 mobile vendors operating throughout Sarasota County, Manatee County, Sarasota (city), Bradenton and Siesta Key. We want to serve our delicious and inventive cuisine to the public throughout the greater Sarasota area, but local governments have created anti-competitive laws that protect brick-and-mortar businesses from open competition, making it impossible for us to set up in many locations with high pedestrian traffic.
While we intend to reform laws in all of these areas, we are first focusing on the Sarasota County Zoning Ordinance 188.8.131.52 which states that:
As mobile food vendors, we have the right to practice our business anywhere a restaurant is allowed to operate. Often, officials will claim that they have created these laws to "protect public health" and "prevent safety hazards," but this is an empty concern. A study conducted by the Institute for Justice demonstrated that food trucks are just as sanitary, if not more so, than brick-and-mortar restaurants in seven major cities in the United States. In reality, the entire purpose of these laws is to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from having to compete with mobile vendors, and are only passed under the guise of "protecting the public" since these types of anti-competitive laws are actually unconstitutional.
But it doesn't have to be this way! With your support, we can show the local governments in the greater Sarasota area that the public agrees that we should have the right to operate in locations where we can safely serve customers our delicious food. Please sign our petition or feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions.
Thank you so much,
The SRQ Food Truck Alliance
2. The vendor shall not be operated within 800 feet of any established restaurant unless written, notarized consent provided from the restaurant operator
3. The vendor shall not be located within a 750-foot radius of another temporary vendor location
(Also, mobile vendors are only allowed to operate in a few specific zones within the county, further hampering our ability to run successful businesses. We are therefore looking into working with the county to allow us to operate throughout more commerical and industrial areas in the county.)