Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Las vegas: 300 Feet Between Restraunts Amd Roach Coaches

From the LVRJ: The fight to protect Las Vegas restaurants from mobile food trucks that could poach their customers has divided City Council members who are struggling to agree on the appropriate size of a buffer zone.
On Tuesday members of the City Council's Recommending Committee floated three different proposed distance buffers before voting 2-1 in favor of creating a 300-foot zone between food trucks and existing restaurants.
Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony and Councilman Ricki Barlow voted in favor, Councilman Bob Coffin voted against. Coffin had proposed an 800-foot buffer zone, but Anthony and Barlow voted it down.
The vote advances the proposed buffer zone, and a raft of other regulatory changes, to an Aug. 15 meeting of the full council, which could approve, deny or amend the proposal yet again.
It followed more than an hour of debate at the recommending committee where restaurant owners made impassioned pleas for an 800- or 1,000-foot buffer zone they said would protect their businesses.
Bar + Bistro restaurant owner Wes Isbutt, who also uses the surname Myles, said not only should the distance between food trucks and restaurants be greater, but the buffer zone should apply to special events as well, meaning trucks shouldn't be able to park directly outside an event organized by someone else.
"When the food trucks are allowed to, and I am sorry for using this term, to pillage on or to leech on other events that are going on, it is an unfair playing field," Isbutt said. http://www.lvrj.com/news/city-panel-backs-300-foot-buffer-between-food-trucks-restaurants-164503096.html
100 yards between a restaurant and a roach coach?  I would have liked to see it about 200 yards but I guess 100 yards will have to do.
I have little respect for the roach coaches, err, mobile food trucks.  They park where ever they want and they don't care who they hurt financially.  Even with a 100 yard boundry, these roach coaches will still park in front of other businesses and hurting that business, whether it is a barber shop or a hardware store or an art dealer.  The law should state within 100 yards of an open business.

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