Limit food truck competition

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Regarding the current discussion about the presence of food trucks in Auburn, the focus of the “Think Auburn First” campaign has been to encourage us all to vote for the success of our local economy with our feet and our dollars. Yes, we do successfully draw together to support our local merchants and retailers! It now seems counterproductive to allow mobile food vendors to compete with and, yes, undermine, those businesses that have weathered the economic downturn, kept their businesses open and provided their on-going services to our community. Food trucks are innovative, interesting, fun and certainly “all the rage.” But they should not be allowed to operate within an agreed-upon radius of a brick-and-mortar restaurant run by those who have remained committed to our locale, not to mention our tax coffers. Allowing mobile and less costly competition for our downtown food dollars, demonstrates lack of foresight and appreciation on the part of our governing/licensing body. It is mandatory for local leaders to provide all possible encouragement for the on-going economic development of our already too vacant downtown. Food trucks? Yes. In Old Town and Downtown Auburn? No. Please, no. Horti Davis, Auburn