CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The push to regulate Cape Coral's mobile food trucks. WINK News found out there's a lack of rules, and some people are afraid that can create a health safety issue. But some vendors say enforcing new laws is not the answer.
"Its been a passion of mine, a hobby, since '96. It's an honest living." John Wolske serves up a Chicago-style dog like nobody's business. "We're doing this every day to improve our business. Not to run down your community," he said.
You'll find him inside, or outside his truck, which is more of a mobile restaurant, off Cape Coral Parkway.
"Tell me what you want me to do, me and any other business. And we'll do it. You don't have to make up rules. There's other ways of coming out and asking a person," he said.
But code enforcement officer Frank Cassidy says an ordinance is in the works. He says the city has fielded several complaints about vendors causing a traffic backup, taking away other's business and concerns about cleanliness.
"We also have no consistent way to monitor or regulate their licenses to make sure that the consumer has some level of protection as well," Cassidy said.
Customer Joanne Olsen says she supports new laws when it comes to health safety issues but says businesses is business. "I may go to Iguana Mia down the street one day. Or I might come here (mobile food truck) one day. It depends on my taste. It depends on everybody's taste. It's fair game," Olsen said.
At this time there's not a set date as to when city council will vote on this mobile food vendor ordinance, but it's expected to happen later this year.