MIAMI - While Miami Beach does not currently allow food trucks, it is considering hosting a regular food truck festival on North Beach€™s Ocean Terrace, to keep pace with many food truck-friendly communities in South Florida, reports The Miami Herald.
According to Commissioner Michael Gongora, the city is considering establishing a monthly or bi-monthly food truck festival along a two-block stretch of hotels, which he hopes would eventually lead to the end of the city€™s food truck ban.
"Its a good idea because we€™re trying to encourage more business in North Beach and get more people up to Ocean Terrace," he said.
Gongora maintains inviting mobile eateries would attract consumer traffic to North Beach, an area he said has problems with vagrants, panhandling, and illegal behavior. He raised the issue during a recent neighborhood committee meeting, and city administrators agreed to consider a trail food truck festival as a first step to changing the existing city law.
Not everyone is on board with the food festival trial, though.
Marlo Courtney works for Goldman Properties, which owns several hotels and restaurants along Ocean Drive, and she said she doesn€™t want the city to let food trucks onto Ocean Drive or Lincoln Road.
"They are entrepreneurs and what they do provides something great, quick and simple, but I think the city will definitely need to keep their eye on it," he said. "It€™s a good idea have some interaction with some businesses in North Beach, though I wouldn't support something like this in South Beach, where we have such a concentration of restaurants."
Gongora said if the festivals are successful and the truck ban is lifted, it is unlikely the city would allow the trucks in South Beach because of concerns such as Courtney€™s.
Read more on food trucks in NACS Magazine.