BLUFFTON, SC – Is it only a matter of time until food trucks are allowed to set up shop in Bluffton?

That depends on who you ask.

Local chef and food truck owner Bridgette Frazier said Thursday that “food trucks are here, it’s just a question of how long it will take Bluffton to welcome them in.”

Food truck proprietors may have reason not to feel particularly welcome.

Last month’s Bluffton Town Council meeting turned into a contentious showdown between food truck operators and local brick-and-mortar restaurant owners who are concerned the trucks could bring unfair competition and clog the already crowded Old Town streets.

Town staff held a public meeting Thursday in an attempt to clear the air and solicit input on potential changes to regulations that would open up the market to food trucks.

But previously staked battle lines held strong.

Ted Huffman, a former council member and owner of Bluffton BBQ in Old Town, has been a vocal opponent of allowing food trucks — particularly in the town’s restaurant-dense historic district.

“I have nothing against food trucks,” he said. “I think they have their place and they should compete among themselves somewhere in a food (truck) court.”

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