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10/19/2012

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CODE CONFLICTS Anthony and Cheri Bonasto hope to open their food-truck business not far from the gazebo in Siesta Village. Photo by Norman Schimmel A SIESTA COUPLE WANTS TO OPEN A FOOD-TRUCK BUSINESS IN SIESTA VILLAGE, BUT ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE THE PLAN By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor After owning a house on Siesta Key for a cou- ple of years, Anthony and Cheri Bonasto fi- nally decided during the summer to make the island their full-time home. Instead of just puttering around as retirees, they also decided to build upon the experienc- es they gained as caterers in Houston to start a food-truck business in Siesta Village. "We've been watching this industry just kind of explode," Cheri Bonasto told The Saraso- ta New Leader on Oct. 17. "We're giving it a shot." The Bonastos have applied for a temporary use permit to open their new food-truck busi- ness, Gumbo Mojo, on public right-of-way on Canal Road at the intersection of Calle Menor- ca, across from the Siesta Market and Siesta Key Hardware plaza. "There are always a lot of people around there," especially at night, Cheri Bonasto said of the location. "Usually the food trucks are really popular with that kind of crowd," she added. The couple's plans call for the food service Wednesday through Monday from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 2:15 a.m., according to material prepared for the Oct. 23 County Commission meeting.

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