Palmetto will wait to regulate food trucks

jtate@bradenton.comMay 7, 2013 

PALMETTO -- The Palmetto City Commission wants to regulate food truck vendors, but it will wait for recommendations from the city Planning and Zoning Board before doing so.

In March the city decided to regulate mobile vendors as daily, seasonal or other. Different titles allow different vending privileges.

The new regulations are needed because parking on private property or food truck vendors blocking rights-of-way has been an issue for residents and business owners.

City commission officials say they are being cautious about instituting the new rules because they do not want to over-regulate and possibly stunt business.

The commission decided Monday to discuss a new vendor ordinance at the June 3 meeting after receiving rec

ommendations from the Planning and Zoning board.

In other action:

• The city commission presented Ella Biggins, a Braden River High School sophomore and chairwoman of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Committee, with a proclamation declaring May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

The TPPC is a subcom-mittee of the ManateeCounty Youth Commission.

Biggins said teen pregnancy rates have decreased since she started working with the committee almost two years ago.

She will take her presentation to the Manatee County Commission meeting Tuesday and to the Bradenton City Council meeting Wednesday.

• Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant appointed four people to the Housing Authority Board: Azell Johnson Jr., Barbara Mollananzar, Pamela Roberts and Alan Zirkelbach.

• Bryant also discussed the need to stop residents from taking shopping carts from store locations and leaving them around the city.

Some stores have installed metal devices to stop people from taking the carts, but Bryant said it's still a problem.

• The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency awarded storefront grants of $52,134 to the Palmetto Youth Center and $2,979 to Kallins & Little P.A.

The Store-Front GrantProgram is a matching program where grantsare matched dollar fordollar by the business owner.

Store-Front Grants are only given to business owners who own their property, said Jeff Burton, director for the CRA.

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