Save Austin's Mobile Vendors

Love Franklin's? Hey Cupcake? Torchy's? F.N. Goode? Let's help save them. On May 5th, Austin City Council subcommittee on Health and Human Services is going to vote on proposals brought forth by Mr. Tom Ramsey of Snappy Snacks and Mr. Steve Simmons of Amy's Ice Cream. These proposals will severely limit the effectiveness of local mobile food vendors and will most likely price many of them out of profitably, and eventually, business entirely. Some of their proposals would require local entrepreneurs to outsource otherwise simple, clean and safe tasks, to regulate parking, limit their hours of operation, regulate bathroom locations, and even submit travel itineraries. All fees associated with any noncompliance would be tripled from their current rate. All of this, mind you, when less than 1% of this city's food borne illnesses can be attributed to trailer eateries. In this entrepreneurial city, enacting proposals that are nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to curb competition through excessive fees, heavy handed regulation, and a "can't be trusted" mentality is stifling to our spirit and our economy. What problem are they trying to solve? Let us have a free market, let competition and quality, not unnecessary ordinances and fees determine their success.

***There is a "donate" page after you submit, but you may ignore this entirely.  Once you hit submit on your name and e-mail you are on the petition.  Thank you to everyone who signs.  Your support is sincerely appreciated. 
*****Thanks to your support the City Council has agreed to push back the vote for further review.  This is fantastic and wouldn't have ever happened without each and every person who took the time to sign. 
  That said, let's not stop now.  The more attention this matter gets, the better and more democratic the outcome we as a city recieve.  So keep it up, y'all.


Jessica Hunter



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    4 years ago Comments: Name one thing (among a thousand things) that distinguishes Austin from all the other sea of cities: TRAILERS....lots and lots of fun, funky, yummy, often veg-food filled trailers. For the love of all things good and tasty, leave the trailers be! (if it ain't broke; don't fix it!)
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