New Orleans City Council did not take action on Mayor Mitch Landrieu's veto of the re-drafted food truck ordinance, originally passed in council last month. City Council will address the issue at its May 16 meeting, where it could overturn the veto.
Meanwhile, Stacy Head introduced a new, stripped-down measure which would would increase available permits of all mobile food vendors. "While the intention is to rewrite the entirety," the ordinance reads," the new measure — just one part of the larger ordinance — will provide "short-term relief." The ordinance originally only applied to food truck vendors, but Landrieu's veto letter said he wanted the bill to include "itinerant vendors, including those governing frozen seafood, vegetable and fruit," as well as food trucks. Council will hear the measure May 16, should Landrieu's veto stand.
Read Head's full letter below:
I am disappointed that the mayor has vetoed the food truck ordinance, but I await his suggested improvements as he promised he would provide in his veto statement. I wish to thank those in the administration, my colleagues, neighborhood groups, restaurateurs, the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, and the Louisiana Restaurant Association for their hard work over the past 10 months to draft legislation upon which we could all agree. I believe the end result was a thoughtful compromise position that supported the regulated growth of the food truck industry and I do not agree with the rationale for the veto. Nevertheless, considering the practical difficulties of a veto override, I have today introduced an ordinance that concedes to the mayor's desire to maintain the status quo while a complete re-write of the law is accomplished, but allows for an additional 75 itinerant vendors (with no distinction between food trucks, seafood vendors, fruit vendors or the like). While I believe the series of amendments that the council passed was preferable, in a pragmatic effort to move forward, I have submitted this alternative.