PASCO - Rigoberto Garcia is concerned what new restrictions on temporary businesses will mean to the taco truck he and his father operate in west Pasco.
The Pasco City Council passed restrictions on temporary businesses in the Interstate 182 area near roads 68 and 100 in a 4-3 vote Monday.
Businesses must limit advertising signs to their vehicles, can't display items for sale on landscaping beds and sidewalks, and can't have accessory structures such as tables, chairs, tents or amusement devices, according to the ordinance.
Garcia said he can't run his business, Tacos Garcia, without a table.
Tacos Garcia has a picnic table, a TV and a foosball table near Viera's Bakery at 6411 Burden Blvd. He would be willing to get rid of the foosball table, but said the other items are necessary.
The taco truck's Hispanic customers enjoy being able to watch the game, he said.
Councilman Bob Hoffmann, who opposed the ordinance, said removing tables from taco truck operations would appear to have a significant impact. He suggested the city allow tables.
Mayor pro tem Rebecca Francik said the changes aren't going to put people out of business. It's just going to hold temporary businesses to the same standards that the permanent ones follow.
Businesses in the I-182 area are required to include certain architectural features and landscaping, according to city documents.
Allowing temporary businesses to have different standards runs the risk of decreasing the attractiveness of the commercial neighborhood, Francik said.
The city's temporary business licenses are for a month, said City Manager Gary Crutchfield. There isn't a commitment for longer.
Tacos Garcia has been at that location since January 2008. Garcia said he has a three-year contract with Viera's.
Garcia said targeting a particular area with restrictions feels like discrimination.
Councilman Saul Martinez, who voted against the ordinance along with Councilman Tom Larsen, said he agrees a foosball table is too much. However, the city should consider allowing a table and maybe having the table put away at night, he said.
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