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Food trucks ready to roll in Horry County

jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Mobile food trucks are ready to roll in Horry County for the first time ever.

Residents and tourists alike should begin to see trucks popping up in unincorporated areas. Permits will be issued Wednesday, and once approved, truck owners will have to get approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control before lifting side hoods and serving burgers, tacos and sausages.

The food truck issue began in November 2013 after entrepreneur Karl Moser sought to expand his business into the county. Horry County policy did not permit mobile food trucks, but allows push carts.

A special committee and county staff spent nearly a year surveying the public, developing fee rates and regulations, and crafting a plan for a one-year pilot program that would test the viability of food trucks in the county.

But in October, Horry County Council voted 9-3 against the pilot program. In its place, county leaders suggested the trucks be limited to serving pre-packaged food on job sites far from brick-and-mortar restaurants. Some council members worried that the food trucks would lure business from traditional eating places. There are more than 1,800 restaurants along the Grand Strand.

This spring, council eventually approved the measure, and this week made it official. The county plans to review the program in the fall.

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