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Some recommend food trucks park closer to Greenville restaurants

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The Neue Southern food truck on its first day parked outside of Community Tap in downtown Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina) The Neue Southern food truck on its first day parked outside of Community Tap in downtown Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While a previously proposed food truck ordinance would distance the mobile food vendors from downtown, new recommendations presented Monday would bring them closer to Main Street customers.

During a Greenville City Council work session Monday afternoon, several recommendations were presented that would support food trucks in downtown, and FOX Carolina crews were there to hear what people said.

In March, recommendations presented to the council would distance the vendors at least 250 feet away from existing restaurants, which upset some who thought that would keep the vehicles away from the heart of downtown.

But at Monday's session, it was suggested that food trucks could park within that 250 feet boundary if they had the restaurant's permission.

Additionally, the council discussed assigned parking spaces for approved food trucks during Monday's meeting.

While nothing was settled on Monday, the council plans to have an ordinance in writing within the next 30 to 45 days.

Other proposed requirements for food trucks discussed in March were a $500 annual permit fee and food trucks would have to pay hospitality tax, obtain liability insurance, be inspected by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and obtain a city business license. Additionally, each private site hosting food trucks would be required to have a $50 temporary use permit and written permission from the owner.

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