Terhaar wants to work out details on Food Truck ordinance, plans to meet with coalition

January 16, 2014



Pensacola City Councilman Andy Terhaar stopped in the INweekly offices yesterday to discuss his proposed food truck ordinance. He said that his intent was for the planning board to use his draft as a starting point for the discussion of the issue. It was not to be considered a finished product.

“I probably should have put together a series of points, rather a full ordinance,” said Terhaar. He said the Alan Gray, who works in the planning department, helped him draft who was presented to planning board, but there were elements that he wasn’t sure why Gray added.

The councilman primary concern was keeping food trucks off Palafox, but he is open to reducing the 500-ft restriction and allowing trucks on side streets downtown. He plans to meet with members of the Food Truck Coalition and work out reasonable regulations to propose to the Pensacola City Councilman.

“There can’t be no regulations, but we also shouldn’t completely ban all food trucks,” said Terhaar.

On Tuesday, the Independent News emailed Tamara Fountain, the city of Pensacola’s communication administrator: “What is the mayor’s position on the Food Truck ordinance proposed by Councilman Andy Terhaar?”

We have not received a response.

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  • R Witt January 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    So much for free market capitalism.. I completely agree that there should be rules and regulations to guide mobile concessions downtown. But suggestions like a 500 ft. distance are very far from any established food truck city’s average standard. (times 3) Allowing sales only after 10 pm also seems quite unfair and unethical… name ANY business that can be successful operating for 3 hours a day. Less- if you take into consideration prep time and clean up time. The city should look closely at the examples other cities that have helped food trucks grow & become successful alongside brick and mortar establishments not in spite of them. There’s a way for everyone to come out ahead on this, it just involves not putting select individuals first.

  • jeeperman January 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    It seems to be a Cardinal sin for those that write ordinances to copy or existing ordinances that work elsewhere. Keeps them employed for months trying to write an ordinance allowing backyard chickens.
    Same goes for school districts building a new school.
    It is against all unwritten rules to repeat a school building design.
    Have to pay millions to design from scratch what has already been done thousands of times.

  • Skip vogelsang January 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    There is no reason to reinvent the wheel on this issue. Many cities have done it for us… Why are we so often arrogant enough to ignore the work of others , thinking we will do it better?

  • joe January 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    There’s a food truck coalition?

  • jeeperman January 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    So it would also be okay to convert an old school bus into a bunkhouse.
    And park it on the street in a legal parking spot.
    In front of the Crowne Plaza or on Pensacola Beach.
    And sell bunk time?

  • Dale Parker January 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    The problem here is that this is blatant protectionism. He could care less about the ancillary issues, his only concern is to protect the brick and mortar businesses there that are pulling his strings… PERIOD. I just wish he would be a man and be honest about it… all of this parking, etc.

    My belief is that this offers consumers options and to regulate (as he calls it, more like banning) is nothing more than a protectionist move to protect the bottom line of the restaurant bunch on Palafox.

    Let me ask, if you enact a protectionist policy on Palafox, would the mall area be next? What about 9th and Creighton — would you protect Sonny’s, Hurricanes, Logans or Chili’s? What about 9th and Gregory — would you ban them 500ft from any restaurant starting with a “M”?

    It is time to stand up for a basic American Principle – FREE MARKET!

  • jeeperman January 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This ordinance/rule making should not be limited to food trucks. It should be aimed at mobile vendors period.
    Otherwise we are going to go thru this whole thing again one someone starts selling watches off their arm in front of Jewelers Trade Shop.
    And if someone posts that there are already regulations in place that prohibit that, why are we now going to allow only food trucks?

  • EPenn January 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Beep…Beep…Beep… the Terhaar Ordinance (or opinion) backing up… not unlike a food truck on Palafox…Coincidence? I say not…:P

  • CJ Lewis January 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Alan Gray serves at the pleasure of Ashton Hayward. Unless Hayward asserts that Gray went rogue, perhaps firing him too, Gray’s positions are those of Hayward.