A mobile food vendor advocacy group added its voice to an ongoing debate over changes to York’s food-cart ordinance this week.
The Central Pennsylvania Mobile Food Association’s top priority “is to increase the dialogue between York City Council, York City restaurants and the mobile food vendors of Central Pennsylvania, following the tabling of Article 332 ‘Mobile Food Carts’ of the York City Codified Ordinances,” according to a news release from the organization.
Councilman Henry Nixon is expected to introduce a motion to table an ordinance that would have increased the number of vendor licenses from one to six and extended the area where the carts could operate at a council meeting tonight. That ordinance drew concern from some brick and mortar establishments and Central Market vendors.
But the mobile food association, which represents 22 mobile food vendors from York, Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks Counties, argued in its release that “mobile food vendors pose no threat to the restaurants of York or any other city in Pennsylvania. In fact, food trucks improve local business scenes, including restaurants, as they increase foot traffic in communities, keep the streets safe and activate less-populated areas.”
Do you think York should spend more time researching mobile food vendor legislation? Would food carts have a positive or negative impact on the downtown area?