HORRY COUNTY, SC – Horry County council members voted 9-3 against the mobile food truck pilot program at a meeting Tuesday night.
Leaders had several issues with the proposal, which was in its first reading.
“It’s going to hurt brick and mortar folks who’ve borrowed money from banks. Now, you’re going to allow someone set up shop 200-500 feet from them,” said Councilman Harold Worley.
Worley also brought up the issue of cleanliness.
“I’ve had some people come to me with concerns, where [mobile food trucks] can set up competes with brick and mortar restaurants in my district,” said Councilman Paul Price. “As [the ordinance] is written, I can’t support it.”
Councilman Marion Foxworth said he didn’t like the idea of the one-year pilot program.
“After a [business owner] invests $50,000 into business, we can’t tell them to close,” he said. “Either do it or don’t do it…one year pilot doesn’t make sense.”
Vice Chairman Jody Prince is one of the three members who said he voted in favor of the pilot program.
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