I was just curious to see what yalls opinion was on the new rules to hosting an event in a MS state park. It was brought up on another thread and the following is just copied from that thread for those that may not have read the other thread.
If there is anything sold within the park by a vendor. They are required to pay the $35.00 vendor fee to the park (MDWF&P Rules & Regulations). In addition, they have to pay the park or the sponsor of the event (TDGA, Friends of Group, etc.) the 7% sales tax and they are responsible for collecting, record keeping, and turning the revenue over to the Department of Revenue.
It is not unreasonable to charge a vendor fee and make them pay sales tax on items they sell. That is pretty common, although it could only hurt the players if any TDs/Clubs decide it is not worth the hassle and jump through more hoops when they could just let the players fend for themselves for lunch.
However, it is common because a vendor is there to make money and is therefore leaving with a profit. I asked a question on the other thread about tournaments where the TD/club may have food for sale as a type of fundraiser where all proceeds will be going back into the tournament or back into the club, which in turn goes back into the courses. In this case, nobody is there to make a profit and this kind of rule would hurt both the players and the TD/club running the event.