Running one’s own business is something that many more people are trying their hands at these days. Whether they are setting up online shops or taking their sales on the road on the weekends, they work hard to keep their endeavors afloat. Unfortunately, some small business owners in Minnesota and elsewhere may face pushback from local government in some cases.
It was recently reported that the city government in another state believes it has won its case against the operator of a shaved ice truck. The issue began with the following details:
- The owner of the shaved ice business had gained permission from the city to operate her truck at a park on the weekends during the summer.
- Later the city took back that permission and revoked the woman’s ability to operate her truck at the park.
- The owner indicated that the revocation resulted in her losing revenue.
- The owner obtained legal counsel and filed an appeal to the city’s decision.
Recently, the woman’s appeal was dismissed because she purportedly missed the filing deadline. While the city believes that brings an end to the case, the woman’s attorney does not. He indicated that the city was addressing this issue as a land use case, but he does not believe that is a fitting categorization. Instead, he believes that a contractual issue is at hand and that options still exist for addressing the matter.
Dealing with pushback from local government can be challenging and costly to small business owners. Unfortunately, taking the matter to court may be the only way to ensure that it receives its proper attention. If Minnesota residents believe that ordinances, zoning, regulations or other governmental issues are unjustly harming their business, they may want to look into their legal options as well.