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SWFL Food Truck Culture

If you’re looking for a food truck during your lunch break in Southwest Florida, you won’t find any lined up along the streets around downtown, or shopping hubs like you would in larger cities like Chicago, Los Angeles or New York City.

We spoke with Kyle Cebull, owner of Millennial Brewing to find out why the SWFL food truck scene is off to a slow start.

“Every area has local municipalities and there are all these separations of rules you have to follow,” Kyle explained.

“In the city of Fort Myers, for example, in certain wards of the city, you’re not allowed to park a food truck at all,” he said. “Unless it’s covered under a special event or permit.”

Entrepreneurs rolling into the mobile vendor industry have found that laws and codes throughout SWFL have not caught up to the growing industry.

There are more than 4,000 food trucks throughout the U.S. and the industry is pulling in nearly $1.2 billion in sales every year , according to market research specialist, IBISWorld.

The food trucks you do see throughout SWFL are usually partnered with a property owner. “They are getting permits in conjunction with them to make sure they’re allowed to sell (their food),” Kyle said.

“In this area, we’re just a little bit behind.”