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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) — City planners have finalized a deal that would give food truck vendors more freedom to operate in the Port City.

After much debate Wilmington city planners voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend the approval of new food truck rules.

A ruling that was welcome news to food truck operators.

“Food trucks put out some great food because that’s all we have,” said James Smith.

Smith has been a staunch supporter of food trucks. He owns Patty Wagon and has been spearheading a proposal to unite food trucks and downtown restaurants.

Under the new plan, food trucks will be required to have an annual permit and will not be allowed to spend more than five hours in the same location.

“The restaurants have a point of view as well and they don’t was us coming down and setting up shop right in front of their restaurant which I completely understand,” said Smith.

Last month the commission held a work session where they agreed on the components of the new guidelines.

Next the proposal heads to City Council.

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