You won't see mobile food trucks rolling around Horry County anytime soon, but a pilot program to test allowing them to operate in the county is making its way through Horry County government committees.
Thursday afternoon the Horry County Mobile Food Vending Ad Hoc Committee met and approved a "working ordinance." That ordinance will go to the planning committee and at least one other committee before making its way to the full Horry County Council for its vote, according to Steve Neese, the chairman of the committee.
The ordinance, as it is currently written, would allow for a year-long trial program in the county. Fifty permits would be issued the first year. If it is successful the program could be expanded, he said.
The ordinance calls for the trucks to be inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and fire officials, Neese said. The employees would also have to pass background checks, and the site of operation for the food truck would need to be approved, Neese said.
Neese said this ordinance will take two to three months to make its way to the full county council, but he said Thursday's approval is "starting the process."