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Ice Cream Vendor Working With Park Service

National Park Service rules stipulate that mobile vendors must move, but Mitch Peters and the NPS are working on a compromise.

Mitch Peters enjoys parking his truck in , selling ice cream to visitors and giving real, townie directions to tourists.

“I’ve been doing this truck for about 20 years now,” Peters said. “It’s not just an ice cream truck. It’s part of the community.”

When people ask him for local advice, he said he always sends them to local businesses.

But, as in earlier years, he faces a potential challenge this year form the National Park Service.

“In order for a commercial operation such as a stationary vendor to be permitted on National Park Service property in Monument Square, we would have to allow the general public to participate in an open bidding process for that business opportunity,” said Sean Hennessey, a spokesman for the National park Service, in an email.

“Mr. Peters would also need to obtain a Stationary Vending License from the City of Boston, which he does not have,” Hennessey added.

Peters could get around the issue by driving his truck to different locations, but he said that poses a challenge.

The truck dates back to 1984, Peters said, and it struggles with gas mileage. Driving it to different locations throughout the day could get prohibitively expensive, he said, and other locations just aren’t as lucrative as the monument.

Most of his business comes from kids on field trips, he said, and he estimates that only about half of those children make the trip from the monument to .

Hennessey said that The National Park Service would never "want to get rid of" Peters’ ice cream truck.

“We understand that he is beloved and respected and the service he provides to the community is highly valued in the neighborhood” Hennessey said. “That was made very clear to us at a public meeting hosted by the Charlestown Neighborhood Council on June 24, 2009 and has been reinforced to us by Mr. Peter's many friends and supporters.”

In the mean time, Peters said, he and the National Park Service are trying to work out an agreement.

Steve McQueen March 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
What happen to open competition I rented the staking rink concession for 8 years. I'm I ENTITLED to this perk the rest of my life
Malarchy March 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Nice deal. I can't afford gas for my truck either. Whre can I sign up for my handout?
Joseph March 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Great comeback Mr. Trust Fund. You're living in a house that was GIVEN to you. Different rules for different people. I've exposed you for the fraud you are. I'm done. G'Day.
townie4eva March 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Mr Peters failed to mention that his truck was registered in FLA until he was caught which means he didn't pay excise taxes and meal taxes to the state for years. Where do I sign up for this deal. I'm sure the tourists love having the truck in their pictures of the monument since he sits directly in front of it all day then pulls out and parks his car there all night to save his spot.
Tom Cobb March 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I Love getting a ice cream at the Monument from Mr. Peters I look forward to his willing,happy and friendly neighborhood manners. We are very lucky to have his service.I look forward to seeing him again this year in the same spot. Thank you Mr Peters! Tom Cobb
Matt Talbot March 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM
They didn't kid when they said it works if you work it. What happened to practiced these principles in all our affairs?
mudder March 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM
wrong truck wrong vendor genius...
mudder March 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Well said Tom, I agree 100%.........
mudder March 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I went to the meeting over this issue in 2009, I don't recall this negative feedback then. Everyone had their chance at this spot back when, BUT once Mitchell found the pot of gold you babies are stomping your feet and crying (AGAIN) it's not fair....
Kid from Monument Street March 31, 2012 at 06:19 PM
All in All Mitch is a good guy, Just trying make a buck like the rest of us. He is good to the kids. Not sure what the big deal is about..
Judy Cleveland-Young March 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I can't believe all this crap over Mitchell and his ice cream truck. Mitchell helps out the community, example he donated to a scholarship fund that would help out Charlestown high school student. Mr Cobb and mudder said it well everyone had a chance in 2009. Mitchell is a life long townie and his ice cream truck is well known, give the man a break and leave him alone. Tourists have had their pictures taken with Mitchell because he welcomes them and jokes around with them. I would miss the ice cream truck if it had to go. I always know where I can get an ice cream.
Kid from Monument Street March 31, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I Agree (with Judy)
Jason April 01, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Nothing against ice cream, but I would like to see some diversity here. Something like a food truck...serving burritos yum.
Jason April 01, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Judy: do you work in the ice cream truck?
mudder April 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Mitchell works the truck 90% of the time the only other time is his daughter an that's not Judy.
lee braun April 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
So it seems that an agreement was not reached between Mitch and the Park Service. On Sunday, his daughter who was manning the truck was asked to leave or be arrested. I live on the Monument and it seems that the Park Service is trying to assert its ownership in some negative ways, such as making Mitch leave the location he has used for years. I am not pleased that one of our local vendors is having his livlihood challenged for some obtuse bureaucratic reason after 20 years. Mitch's ice cream truck is a summertime institution and one that enhances the quality of our neighborhood. My 6 and 8 year olds were so outraged they started a petition and have collected 200 signatures (so far) from residents and visitors from around the globe. More to come.
mudder April 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Typical bureaucratic crap. It's pretty funny how the Park service acts when there's leaves on the trees, I've gone by the Monument in winters past AND witnessed a couple of neighbors shoveling the sidewalk along the Monument. Is the Park service just a summer job? I think not, but they decide to flex their muscles when the temp gets above seventy..Very shameful of those frauds that run around like "Mister Ranger Sir".......here's another *piccanic basket Boo Boo... *ps I tried to sound like Yogi Bear...doah!!!..Howie Carr should expose these frauds....
John June 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Peter's ice cream, I am triplets ice cream from east Boston. I am trying to obtain the sitting permit too. If you can help please email me at giadig@gmail.com. Thank you.
Jennifer O'Brien Wellink October 02, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Let Mitch stay put! My family had the pleasure of meeting him back in May 2012. What a sweet and sincere guy. Enjoyed his interesting stories and facts about Charlestown as well as his ice cream. He is a real gem in the neighborhood and we hope to find him the next time we visit Boston.

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