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Geneva BID opposes city’s food truck proposal

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The proposed mobile food truck ordinance in Geneva faced opposition from the agency representing downtown merchants, the Business Improvement District.

Geneva City Council had previously modified the ordinance by relocating the designated sites from downtown to Lakefront Park to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants.

However, the Finger Lakes Times reported over the weekend that BID Director Catherine Price urged Council to vote against the ordinance, expressing concerns that having food trucks at the lakefront seven days a week could harm downtown businesses and undermine the goals of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Price suggested hosting food truck events as an alternative, managed by the city events coordinator.

While the vote on the ordinance was scheduled to take place, it was ultimately tabled.

Further discussion on the modified ordinance is expected to take place in the following month, as Council members expressed the need for additional deliberation.