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Central Pennsylvania food truck vendors unite for common cause

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 16 2013 09:51:30 AM CST

Food truck vendors from around the region have united for a common cause.

The vendors announced Monday the formation of the Central Pennsylvania Mobile Food Association, which represents 22 mobile food vendors in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

The association's immediate goal is to increase the dialogue among food vendors and restaurants in York and the York City Council.

The city council recently tabled an ordinance that would increase the number of mobile food cart licenses from one to six and expand the food cart district to several blocks surrounding the city's Continental Square.

"Right now, cities across the U.S. are considering how to regulate food trucks," said Jordan Pfautz, owner of Lancaster-based Baron Von Schwein. "With progressive legislation, York has the opportunity to plant their flag and be on the forefront of the food truck revolution instead of driving it out of town."

Several restaurant owners in York oppose the measure, according to the association, which argues that the food vendors pose no threat to restaurants in York or any other city in Pennsylvania. In fact, the food vendors say they increase foot traffic in communities, keep the streets safe and activate less-populated areas.

"York’s City Council can serve as an example of government done right by passing a law that protects the public's health and safety, as a good government should, rather than protecting established businesses from competition," Pfautz said.

Reading presently allows for a maximum of 15 vending licenses within the city's Downtown Improvement District (DID). Sidewalk vending outside the DID is prohibited.