Sarasota County recently rolled out a comprehensive Mobile Vending Permit Program at several county parks. Vendors selling recreational goods, guided tours and even food are welcome to provide their goods at a select number of parks, based on visitor demand.
"We have picked locations that have a large interest from the customer base and with large park attendance," says Shelia Roberson, business operations manager for Sarasota County parks. "Our intent is to cater to our patrons because we know our parks are popular places."
The program has already received engagement from a handful of vendors. Local food truck The Maine Line was one of the first businesses to take advantage of the program by setting up at Turtle Beach. According to Roberson, her department has received positive feedback from participating vendors, and they're hopeful about broadening their partnerships and offerings
Permits are issued for a small fee, ranging from $70-$100 per day based on location and day of the week. Food trucks and other vendors must submit an application at least 14 days prior to operation, along with additional documentation regarding their business.
Food trucks, specifically, are invited to sell their products at the Ashton Legacy Trailhead, Bee Ridge Park, Englewood Sports Complex, Turtle Beach and Urfer Park. According to Roberson, permit availability for the Venice Train Depot and Pompano Legacy Trailhead is also in the works.
Visitors of the county parks are encouraged to provide feedback about where else they would like to have access to mobile vending. "We want to hear from our visitors, what they would like to see and at what parks," says Roberson.
For more information regarding the Mobile Vending Permit Program, visit the Sarasota County website.