The City of Orlando is launching a new Mobile Food Cart Pilot Program in the Downtown Entertainment Area/Central Business District.

Orlando City Council unanimously approved the pilot program which will allow for up to 12 mobile food carts to operate downtown between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., seven days a week. The year-long program will concentrate those carts in 10 designated locations in the downtown core, allowing them to operate with a special permit in the public right-of-way.

Those locations had not been made public at the time of this post.

Registered, pre-approved carts will receive a special decal to make them easily visible for city staff, and they will be responsible for providing their own trash receptacles nearby.

We first wrote about the pilot program HERE in December 2022 when food cart operators reached out for support following a crackdown on illegal vendors downtown, which had been operating in the ROW for years after-hours, without permits, under the radar.

Brendan O'Connor

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