Mississippi City Eyes Ice Cream Truck Regulations

August 6, 2014

Aldermen in Ocean Springs, Mississippi are considering writing laws to regulate ice cream trucks.

Officials told The Sun Herald that a mother recently watched her child, along with the others, leave a birthday party in a nearby park to chase an ice cream truck.

Ocean Springs aldermen said they know that obsession and anticipation, triggered by music in the distance.

Alderman Greg Denyer told his fellow aldermen at a meeting in early July that he can remember that feeling as a child in a neighborhood, waiting on an ice cream truck.

Planning and Grants Director Carolyn Martin and a staffer, along with City Attorney John Edwards, have researched other cities along the coast and ones of similar size elsewhere and how they handle the issue.

The team has produced 2 1/2 pages of issues for aldermen to consider, including hours of operation, layers of inspections, traffic no-nos, unreasonable noise and vibration, limiting the number permitted in the city and sales tax. With input from aldermen, Martin says the city could craft an ordinance soon.

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  • August 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm
    Pavlov says:
    The children salivate at the sound of the ice cream truck. The politicians salivate at the look of 2 1/2 pages of regulations.
  • August 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
    At least they are getting some exercise by chasing the ice cream truck as their parents watch from their rascal scooters.
  • August 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    Chuck says:
    I'm surprised Michelle Obama and her food police haven't pounced on this. These ice cream trucks are contributing to the obesity of these poor, helpless children with their su... read more
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