Snow Cone Controversy

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

Penguin Paradise owner Elisha Tornes has been to three city meetings so far trying to make a case for her food truck.

But she has been met with some resistance from city council members.

Food trucks are a common staple for many big cities, but some Marietta city council members oppose these businesses in parks and public streets.

Because food trucks are mobile and change location council members don't want the city to be held liable if something happens on city property.

One member is concerned about the health of customers because this food truck sells shaved ice.

And perhaps the biggest concern is unfair competition. Restaurant owners in Marietta pay property taxes which don't apply for food trucks.

Tornes says her husband used to travel to out of town shaved ice vendors giving her the idea to open one in Marietta.

"I've lived here forever, grew up here, graduated from Marietta College and my whole family has lived there, they've grown up here to so just something fun to bring to Marietta for kids and adults love it to so just something new and something unique," says Tornes.

When comparing plans and ordinances from other cities with mobile food vendors most trucks pay an upfront cost to the city to counteract their exclusion from property taxes.

Some city officials say the administration has failed small business entrepreneurs by creating so many hurdles.

Penguin Paradise is in business right now, but only operating at private functions like birthday parties. You can find them on Facebook.

We'll have a progress update on this issue after the August 1st council meeting.


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