Food trucks have already made their home in Marquette, but Marquette may finally be including them in their ordinances.

The city will host two public input sessions on Tuesday, February 24, one at 8 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m. at the Marquette Commons.

“The city has been overwhelmingly supportive,” said Dia de los Tacos owner Mike Walker. “While there are some outdated restrictions, that really didn’t apply to what we do, have been defining what we do, they’ve been eager to embrace a new culture and business model.”

On Jan. 12, the Marquette City Commission directed city staff to work with the Downtown Development Authority to develop a new ordinance. The video below starts with the commission discussing the issue.

Misinformation about taxes, permits and policies for food trucks compared to traditional businesses in a set location — nicknamed “brick and mortar” businesses — have caused some discourse in the community. A lack of a local ordinance helps perpetuate the misinformation because state and other county ordinances are referenced without a direct protocol for inside city limits.

Fights over food trucks have been hot button issues in not just Michigan cities like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo but Chicago, Atlanta and El Paso. Things like whether or not food can be cooked in a truck, advertising abilities or whether food trucks should be treated like vending machine companies. To learn more about the defining terms used by the state for food regulations HERE.

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