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City to limit street vendors

Amended ordinance means 1 vendor per private lot

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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 6:00 am

ST. JOSEPH - Officials do not relish the idea of more hot dog carts or other vendors popping up in downtown St. Joseph.

Under an amended ordinance that received its fist reading by city commissioners Monday, the number of food carts and other vendors allowed on private property downtown would be limited to one per lot.

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  • Ben posted at 8:27 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    Ben Posts: 86


    I agree with you completely if this was just about vendors, and how competing vendors affect one another. The bigger issue that the city is trying to tackle is the need to maintain a balance between all of the regulations, taxes, and other fees that permanent full time businesses have to pay, and the relatively low cost that vendors have during the tourist season. I think there's a fair middle ground, and honestly, this wouldn't be a problem if it hadn't been for the big kerfuffle over Louie's Red Hots putting down a semi-permanent building (shed) and violating either his vendor license or county and city health codes.

  • OneVoice posted at 3:53 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    OneVoice Posts: 14

    Why shouldn't the quality of the product dictate who stays and who goes? I realize that you want to control over vending but at the end of the day I would hope that the better products would win out. I don't like the idea of more laws to govern what is done on private property.

  • 1mike posted at 12:55 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    1mike Posts: 417

    Come to The Harbor lots of vendors and room for lots more.