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Wheels turning for food trucks in Horry County

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Wheels are turning in Horry County to bring food trucks to the area. A plan shifted forward with input from the public at the Horry County Planning Commission Mobile Food Vending Ad Hoc Committee meeting, Thursday.

Imagine your meal come to you? That's the goal for many who want to see food trucks roll down the streets of Horry County. 94% of those surveyed by the county are on board.

The owner of 'Hey Now, Hot Dogs,' John Traub, says food trucks are headed in the right direction. He was among about 30 people including county leaders, the food truck committee, interested vendors and the department of health, at the meeting.

Several changes from initial plans are being discussed. Vending types, distance from restaurants, operating hours, allowed merchandise, permitting requirements and several other topics were discussed.

One change would allow not just food trucks to roll around the county, but carts, trailers, ice cream and snow cone trucks as well. Another big proposed change, the distance to restaurants. Food trucks would have to keep back 200 feet. Operating hours would also be extended, which means you will be able to grab food from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.

The Department of Health says new rules will be put in place next month to make sure food is safe and regulations are followed.

Those in the business say the process is taking time, but they want to get it right the first time. Vendors see this as a boost to local business and a benefit for you too.

"I mean for like a lot of the businesses, with the traffic around here, people can't go out, this will alleviate that, they have a longer lunch time, the trucks right out front," says Traub.

In order to bring eats to Horry County streets there are still many steps to take. The next is to finalize these plans for a pilot program through a final draft of the ordinance. After much discussion and public input, the food truck committee is hoping to have a draft done by the end of next month.

If this falls into place the county says we can see the food truck pilot program kick off in October 2014. After one year of the program, they'll either revise or adopt the ordinance.

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