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Glad to hear you are coming up with alternate plans on going about this. Please keep us updated. I too am having a real problem. the town I live in will not allow food vendors on public property. I even had a Sunday Adult softball gig lined up with 8-10 games every time and the city put a kabash on it as they didn’t want a vendor in their park. The Softball league is a for profit as well and they can take over the ball diamond but somehow I would be a issue? We have a sharp vendog cart, large umbrella, reserved signage, silver prep table and 2 stainless coolers….looks good…always complimented. And they won’t give a reason, they just say no. But, I can set up twice a year in that same park at the town’s event, or the July 4th weekend-and pay $250 + 20%.
Here is my idea. And I wanted to eventually do this anyway. I contacted a large, popular local charity kids hospital and am entering into a an agreement to fund raise for them. I get banner and POP/POS materials as well for no charge. Now, I go to the town and ask them to hold a fund raising event for the kids hospital at their park. I submit and event application and the whole thing hopefully becomes palatable to the Town and they allow it.
So anyway, this is another idea on how to get around a stubborn town political tangle. Plus, you get to do something for the community at the same time, which is nice. I will let you all know if it works. Jack