The fate of Baltimore’s growing fleet of food trucks — including whether they will be able to park and sell downtown — will begin to get sorted out at a meeting scheduled for June 1.

That’s according to Alvin Gillard, who chairs the city’s Commission on Human Relations and made waves among the food truck faithful May 11 when he informed some trucks they lacked proper permits. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake encouraged the city’s Street Vendors Board to grant the trucks a grace period until the truck permitting process is better defined.

Discussions of that process are likely to include a push to ban trucks from downtown, in the interest of protecting local bakeries, lunch spots and other eateries from competition. City street vendor ordinances prohibit vendors from setting up shop within 300 feet of competing brick-and-mortar establishments, something that Gillard said might be impossible downtown.

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