St. Pete food truck rally symbolizes growth

St. Petersburg, Florida -- As Wendy Gonzalez preps the menu board on her food truck -- the Latin Lunchbox -- she can hardly contain her excitement for St. Pete's first ever weekday street food truck rally on Friday. It will benefit All Children's Hospital.

"For me, it's a way to participate and give back to such great people. I can't be thankful enough," she explains.

The rally, featuring nine food trucks, is actually the first food truck gathering in the city's history. It's one Mayor Rick Kriseman, along with other public officials, are expected to attend.

"That's his way of supporting us, saying 'Guys, I got your back. Work with me, and we'll make the change,'" Wendy says.

Currently there are only 11 food trucks in all of St. Petersburg, compared to the dozens in Hillsborough County.

Food truck owners like Wendy hope to keep the momentum going. New rules that go before city council in a few weeks may mean you'll see more of these mobile eateries on the street.

Derek Kilborn, an urban planner with the city, says the changes will "simplify the process. Currently they're required to have a permit every time they set up."

Right now, truck operators need two yearly licenses, and have to apply each and every time they park on private property. If the ordinance changes go through, they'll still need permits... but will only have to apply once.

"Allowing the new ordinance will [give us] a lot more flexibility, and this is what the city strives for. To make it food truck friendly," smiles Wendy.

So if all goes as planned, food trucks will be doing a lot more business on property near you.

Friday's food truck rally, benefiting All Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network will be at 6th Avenue South and 5th Street South in St. Petersburg, on the streets of St. Pete across from the hospital.

Maggie on the Move Truck:

Latin Lunchbox:


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