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Food Truck Kicked Out of Town for Serving Hurricane Victims Without a Permit

• https://fee.org, by Matt Powers

During times of natural disasters, communities and local businesses come together to provide much-needed necessities to one another. In Green Cove Springs, Florida, Jack Roundtree, owner of the Triple J BBQ food truck, decided to set up shop in front of a restaurant to provide lunch to hungry residents and workers cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

For Roundtree, who had operated Triple J BBQ in Green Cove Springs at city-sponsored events in the past, it was an opportunity to provide a much-needed service to residents and those who were hard at work to get the town back up and running. In fact, he was offering utility workers free lunches for all their hard work. And with nearly all of the town's restaurants closed down due to the storm, he was needed more than ever.

But instead of serving lunch, the police ordered Roundtree to shut down Triple J and leave town. His crime? Operating without a permit.

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