MYRTLE BEACH, SC – While food trucks are now allowed in Myrtle Beach, the city still hasn’t seen any open for business.
The ordinance the Myrtle Beach City Council approved back in September has several steps each food truck owner must go through before receiving their permit.
That permit allows each food truck to serve inside the city of Myrtle Beach.
There are currently six permits available, but none have been given because most food truck operators are having an issue with one major part of the ordinance.
The issue surrounds the ordinance requiring each food truck to have an affiliation with an existing, permanent commercial kitchen in the city of Myrtle Beach.
The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control also requires food trucks to have an affiliation with a commercial kitchen, but does not require the kitchen to be in the city the truck is operating in.
This may not seem like a major deal, but for many of these food truck owner,s they already have a commercial kitchen where they store and prepare their foods, most outside the city limits.
“I’m sure it’s a matter of asking who is open to housing a food truck and I’m sure there’s plenty of restaurants in the city that would, but I already have my long-term agreement and I’m happy here. There’s no reason for me to leave,” said Drew Basilicato.
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