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Food truck owner cited for code violation

City puts the brakes on food truck
Posted at 9:45 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 23:14:08-04
John Wolske says he has the best Philly cheese steak in town, that is until the city of Cape Coral shut down his food truck business, Hoboz.
 
"They selectively enforce a fire ordinance to get rid of me," said Wolske, whose run the business for almost 20 years.
 
When city leaders told him his propane tank was too close to rack-em billiards, he moved his truck twelve inches to comply.
 
Two weeks later, city hall was back.  This time, inspectors saying the food truck now crossed over onto public property.
 
Wolske got the eviction notice, but couldn't get answers from city hall, so he dropped by the council meeting Monday delivering some harsh words.
 
"Gave me a three day notice to move because I was on 12 inches, one foot over the property line," he told council members.
 
But city officials defend the ordinance saying it's clear, no food trucks on public property.
 
"He was on public property, can't be on public property and have a city business," said one staff member.
 
Cape Coral council members started working on a compromise a few years ago, but never got around to finishing.
 
"We have to some how reach out as far as we can, and we may or may not get solutions," said Councilman Jim Burch.
 
It may be too late for Wolske, who put his truck up for sale, but that doesn't mean he's giving up.
 
"They say you can't fight city hall, I was born and raised in the Southside of Chicago, I ain't never back down from a fight, a fair fight." "I'm gonna build a bigger, badder truck."
 
A city official said during the meeting they are still looking for a place for John to set up shop in.