CAMDEN, ME –  A request for a permit to operate a mobile food concession was denied when the Camden Select Board met Tuesday, July 5.

Mark Hannibal and Meg Cressler asked if they could use parking spaces “that don’t impede the flow of traffic” when they wrote to the town.

Hannibal is an instructor at Waldo County Technical Center and recently began operating Marko Loco – Crazy Good Food from a truck in Union. According to a posting at, food at the concession will be “Mostly Mexican except for the random specials of the day that will make an appearance from time to time.”

Because the application called for the business to operate in public places, the Select Board was unable to approve the request. Camden has no ordinances to regulate a mobile food concession.

The board suggested that Hannibal and Cressler explore options to lease a fixed location and seek a victualer’s license for that location.

The board approved an application for a competitive Heart and Soul grant from the Orton Family Foundation.

The Heart and Soul was developed by Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation as a process that looks at development in ways that include the non-economic values of a community.

“This is not a revolution against capitalism,” said Vermont Country Store owner Lyman Orton in a video on the foundation website. “But I do think we should challenge the single-minded notion that if it’s good for the economy, [we should] approve it. Are we just an economy, or are we a society?”

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