St. Petersburg poised to do an about-face on food trucks

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A city once starved of food trucks could soon become one of the most welcoming in the state.

As things stand, food trucks in St. Petersburg are virtually barred from serving their gourmet cuisine to pedestrians outside a special event setting.

But that could all change in 2012.

Several options are on the table: Allow food trucks to operate in vacant lots in and around downtown; encourage food trucks to collaborate with private businesses; grant food trucks access to areas near the Pier or along Beach Drive.

Instituting a number of these could make St. Petersburg one of the most food truck-friendly city in Florida, outstripping Miami, Orlando and Tampa, which hosts monthly rallies and allows trucks to operate on private property during lunch hours.

“We will see food trucks in downtown St. Petersburg sometime soon,” said Councilman Herbert Polson. “The devil’s in the detail.”

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.