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City of Sunrise Debates Food Trucks; Democrat Commisioner, Who Owns Restaurant, Wants Them Outlawed

Attorney Justin Pearson, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Institute for Justice (IJ), the nation'spremierfree-market public interest law firm, has a column today in the Daily Caller about an upcoming vote by the Sunrise City Commission on whether to outlaw the operation of food trucks in their city.

A proponent of banning the trucks? Democrat vice mayor JosephScuotto, who owns a pizza restaurant. His rationale?"Why would I want to allow a rolling restaurant in my city when we have restaurants here already that struggle every day?"No, I'm not making that up.

In his column, Pearson gives this exemplar of public service in a lesson on fundamental human rights (i.e., to make a living):

"Of course, like any citizen, Scuotto has the right to voice his concerns, no matter how self-serving they might be. The problem, though, is that Scuotto is a Sunrise commissioner who wants to use his political power to protect his business from competitors.

"But it is not the governments job to pick winners and losers in the marketplace. That right belongs to consumers. Rigging the market to protect political insiders is not just bad business, it is unconstitutional. Entrepreneurs have the right to earn an honest living under both the Florida and U.S. constitutions, which do not allow the government to enact anti-competitive laws.

"Moreover, Scuottos protectionist arguments hold no water. The Institute for Justice recently released a report, 'Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks,' which debunks the arguments most often used to stifle food truck entrepreneurs.

"One popular myth is that food trucks take away business from restaurants. But in fact, as IJs report points out, food trucks increase the number of customers available to restaurants. Indeed, food trucks around the country are helping to bolster local restaurant industries. For example, George Harris, the owner of Mundo, an award-winning upscale restaurant in Las Vegas, has observed that food trucks help his business by bringing new customers to the neighborhood."

Check out the rest of the piece:"Its Time for the Sun to Rise on Sunrise Food Trucks"

IJ's report on food trucks can be readhere.

Meanwhile, if you live in Tallahassee, be sure to avail yourselves of all that local food truckery has to offer. The city is known for its food trucks.Enjoy them while they're legal!

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