By: Sharon Aron Baron
In response to resident requests to have food trucks in their neighborhoods, City Manager Nancy Morando has reversed her initial position and has now created a process to allow them.
This was done after complaints from residents who requested food trucks from popular establishments like Cherry Smash and Chick-fil-A to visit their neighborhoods.
According to a statement from the city, the need for this new process arose when some food trucks attempted to operate without authorization and proof of appropriate certifications and insurance.
The authorization can now be found at the Special Events Mobile Food Truck Application and is to be filled out by an HOA official wanting a food truck in their community — or a resident who is requesting a food truck be parked in their driveway.
To request a food truck, the resident must get permission from their homeowner’s association.
Requests also include strict adherence to the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include physical distancing, facial coverings, sanitization, proof of updated insurance, State of Florida health certificate, safety inspection from the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department to ensure food trucks are providing a safe food option for residents.
A site map is also required like this to ensure safety and sufficient space for a minimum of six feet of separation for patrons at all times.
A list of food trucks already approved with the city can be found at approved food trucks.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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