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Palm Desert Tightens Rules for Food Trucks

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Palm Desert Tightens Rules for Food Trucks

By Eddie Trent. CREATED Mar 14, 2014

The City of Palm Desert has tightened restrictions on where food trucks will be able to operate in the city.

On a 4-1 vote Thursday night, the city placed "buffer zones" around existing restaurants and park concession stands that food trucks would not be allowed to operate in.  

Food trucks would not be allowed to set within 750 feet of an existing restaurant.  That would make food trucks unable to open along El Paseo, or frontage roads along Highway 111.

Other restrictions include not setting up curbside on streets with speed limits of more than 35 miles per hour.

Trucks will also be unable to operate within 1,500 feet of any elementary, middle, or high school in Palm Desert.

Food trucks will also have limited hours of operation:  from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00pm, and with closing times extended to 7:00 p.m between May 1st and September 30th. 

Palm Desert's regulations take effect on April 8th.