OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Mobile vending in the city of Ocean Springs is illegal, and that includes ice cream trucks. A local couple is trying to get that law changed.
Tansy Jones and Rodney Lancaster are transplants to the city of Ocean Springs, and together they have three teenagers. With their children involved in so many activities, they needed a job for themselves and something their teens could do, that works around their busy schedules.
"We just knew we had seen them in Ocean Springs, and it gave us the idea," said Jones.
The couple found a particular style of ice cream truck they liked, and flew all the way to Massachusetts to pick it up.
"We wanted the older style, not just the bread truck with stickers on it. We wanted a cute truck, something pretty," said Lancaster.
Excited about their new purchase they loaded up the truck with cool treats and prepared to hit the Ocean Springs streets… until someone warned them it was illegal.
"We could have possibly went on and sold and not had anything said to us, but with someone else already getting a citation, I thought we better be safe than sorry. We just didn't want to make any enemies trying to do something good for the community," said Jones.
Jones and Lancaster have addressed the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen about making mobile vending legal in the city, and say they have gotten positive feedback.
"Some board members were actually for the ice cream truck. They remember the childhood memories they had and the dinging of the bell," said Jones.
Surprisingly, they say other board members were skeptical of the idea, saying the music and bell noises are irritating, and a child chasing the trucks is dangerous. But Jones and Lancaster say they are in no way trying to be a nuisance.
"We just want to be allowed to give that opportunity. We just want to be allowed to give the community our ice cream," said Jones.
They two met with the board of aldermen last Tuesday, and say the board told them they will need 30 days to review the proposal.