Proposed ordinance could serve up good news for food trucks

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Carolina Beach continues to discuss the future of food trucks for businesses in the area. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted in favor of keeping the newly drafted ordinance on food trucks Thursady night.

The board said Carolina Beach is one of the only towns that require the food truck owners to have a brick and mortar business. One item that remains the same in the updated ordinance presented.

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They also talked about permits, fees and designs. This all in an effort to make it easier for people to grow their business on wheels. One member said he thinks this will be a good step forward for those on the island who want that opportunity.

“Clean up the language, move the food truck ordinance away from the itinerant merchant and clean it up so they have their own way to get there. And what we found out in the past, the people that wanted to do a food truck couldn’t get there through our language that we had in there. So we just cleaned that up into its own ordinance and I think that it was a successful meeting,” Planning and Zoning Commission Board Member Keith Bloemendaal said.

The future of the food truck ordinance is still uncertain. Now, the proposed changes go to town council.

Another item passed by the board Thursday was the issue of how high weeds or grass could be in the town limits. The height could not can not exceed 12 inches or the person who owns the land could receive a fine. That item also now goes to council.