After several months and a rewrite, Denham Springs has officially adopted rules for food trucks operating in the city.

In September, Councilwoman Annie Fugler introduced the first proposal after reading about a deadly explosion aboard a food truck in the Philadelphia area. Her proposal, controversial from the start, required food truck operators to undergo health and safety inspections but severely restricted where they could operate.

The original proposal was tabled in October, and new language was introduced earlier this month.

The accepted ordinance removes the 300-foot protective zone around restaurants, grocers and convenience stores. Rather, trucks will be required to operate on private property they own or lease and may not block traffic or wheelchair ramps. Trucks are limited to five hours at a single site and are not allowed to sell alcohol.

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