Myrtle Beach City leaders still working out the details for possible food truck ordinance


Food trucks operators are still waiting to see if and when they can bring their business to Myrtle Beach.

City council asked for the planning commission's recommendations on some items for the ordinance before they can move forward.

The planning commission made some adjustments and clarifications to the ordinance on Tuesday.

Council had specifically asked about the hours of operation when they sent it back to the commission.

The planning commission recommends food trucks operate between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

They also talked about where the trucks are allowed to operate, and if they're allowed to set up tables near their truck, at their meeting on Tuesday.

Right now, their recommendation restricts food trucks from operating at certain areas, including Market Common, Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall, and the Convention Center.

They are also only allowing 12 food truck vendor permits in the city in the first year under this ordinance, which is down from the 20 they mentioned when they first started discussing the details.

There were several food truck owners at Tuesday's meeting who said they're ready to bring their business to the city of Myrtle Beach.

"It's just quality food and it's something that I think a lot of the other developed cities are embracing," said Drew Basilicato, who owns Trajan Cow food truck company. "So, you see cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, even Greenville, Wilmington, all do well embracing their food trucks."

Under this proposed ordinance, food trucks are not allowed to sell alcohol. Besides food, they can sell branded items like t-shirts, hats and stickers.

Vendors will also have to renew their permit every year.

The planning commission said they haven't received any complaints from local restaurants worried about food trucks coming to the city.

City leaders have expressed their concerns in the past about the competition of food trucks and them taking away business from local restaurants.

Food truck vendors looking to come to the area say their business is a win-win situation for the city.

"It's fun; it's a good environment. It's mobile, there's always music at the big festivals and it's just something that I think is trendy but at the same time highly functional," said Basilicato. "A lot of businesses also do really well teaming up with food trucks."

Food trucks have been allowed in the county since 2015. Myrtle Beach has been discussing how to regulate them for about six months.

The planning commission says the ordinance is written describing this as a pilot program, so council can easily go back and make adjustments to it if and when it goes into effect.

Tuesday's recommendations will go back to city council where they will discuss it at their meeting next Tuesday.

Council could make a final decision on food trucks at that time.

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