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Limits approved for food trucks in downtown La Crosse

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The city of La Crosse is trying to place some limits on food trucks doing business downtown.

The city council’s judiciary committee approved certain times and geographic restrictions on where food vendors can operate.

For example, licensed food trucks might not be allowed to operate within 150 feet of a restaurant considered a direct competitor.

Robin Moses from the Downtown Mainstreet organization says the idea behind the restrictions is to protect the brick-and-mortar restaurants downtown, which compete with the street vendors.

“They’ve made a huge investment into their property, and to the taxes that they pay,” Moses said. “They felt that there should be some balance to not have someone pull right up to their front door and be able to vend.”

The limits will be considered by the full city council next week.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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