Pima County pilot program allowing vendors on The Loop - Tucson News Now

Pima County pilot program allowing vendors on The Loop

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For those who use The Loop on a consistent basis, they may notice things look a little different.  It's all due to a new pilot program from Pima County that will allow vendors to set up along the route.

So for cyclists or walkers who have ever wanted to eat a Sonoran hot dog while enjoying the Loop, they are in luck. 

While eating a hot dog could get messy, that is not the only thing that will be available along the route.  The county has kicked off a six month pilot program to allow mobile food establishments, non-mechanized, food trucks will not be allowed.  Other vendors will have the option of setting up as well, each vendor will have to pay $100 for a permit to set up shop on The Loop.  They will have to set up and take down their gear daily.  Some vendors that are already involved sell kettle corn, as well as snacks and beverages. 

The rules are also specific about how far apart vendors have to be, that they cannot block The Loop and that they must keep the area clean and even recycle. 

Vendors are not restricted to just food items, but those are the most dependable one so far; future vendors may include soaps and lotions. 

Program organizers say vendors are already gravitating to Fridays and the weekends near Brandi Fenton Park. 

For more information on The Loop and becoming a vendor go online to http://webcms.pima.gov/government/the_loop/

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