City Council Considers Doubling Number Of Street Vendor Permits

A hearing was recently on legislation that proposes to increase the number of street vendor permits the city issues each year, bringing the number to 8,000 by 2023.

The city’s health department has issued roughly the same number of permits each year since the early 1980s. Meanwhile, many street vendors have turned to the black market, where two-year, full-time permits can cost up to $25,000.

The Street Vendor Modernization Act would gradually double the number of permits over the course of seven years, allowing for 600 more street vendors each year. It also calls for the city to create a vendor law-enforcement unit.

“Is enforcement going to be strong enough to make sure that vendors are doing the right thing? And will this address the real issue, which is that vendors are dipping into the black market and paying thousands of dollars? So how can we alleviate them from that issue as well?” Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Rafael Espinal said.

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Get the kids off to school then open a food truck!

Ben Boomerson, a stay-at-home dad with a talent for cooking is Opening a food truck. Something to do when he gets the kid off to school.

Boomerson has always been a “hobby caterer” and has often provided food for family weddings and funerals. When the last of his four children started school, he started thinking about turning his hobby into a business.

He purchased the former food truck from a couple local and wrapped it with his Food Guy logo and plans to serve barbecue, tacos and more. He plans to do mostly lunches and will also show up at an occasional food truck rally.

“I want to keep it where I can still work around my kids schedules and not miss a lot of stuff,” he said Anderson.

His kids, by the way, think the food truck is super cool.