Mayor kayoes Head's food truck ordinance | Gambit Magazine


Following last month's New Orleans City Council passage of an ordinance — nearly a year in the marking — that redrafted the city's decades-old mobile vending (aka food truck) laws, Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoed the measure May 1. Landrieu said he feared the ordinance violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

  Landrieu wrote that even the ordinance's supporters have expressed its unconstitutionality, including its author, Councilwoman-At-Large Stacy Head, who voted in its favor yet also spoke against several last-minute amendments. As written, the ordinance would open 75 additional food truck permits, increase the amount of time food trucks can operate (from a previous 45-minute rule), require trucks to operate within 300 feet of a restroom and make trucks park at least 200 feet from brick-and-mortar restaurants...


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