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Delray Beach Gives Initial OK To Mobile Food Trucks

Food trucks could soon become a mainstay in Delray Beach.

Since September 2014, Delray has operated a pilot program regulating food trucks, under which about 14 mobile food trucks in Delray operate. It has been extended twice but expires at the end of February.

The Delray City Commission gave its initial approval Tuesday to an amended ordinance that would extend food trucks' hours and locations of operation and make the city's pilot program permanent.

The commission voted 5-0 to approve the new regulations on the operation and sale of food from mobile food trucks. A public hearing on the ordinance amendment will take place Jan. 19.

Under the new regulations, food trucks can operate in commercial and industrial sections of Delray from 9 a.m. to midnight. However, they can't stay parked in one location for more than six hours, or operate in the same place for more than three consecutive days.

The ordinance still bans food trucks from selling alcoholic beverages; operating in a city park, beach or other specific public areas; and being parked within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

(Image via Facebook/What The French FoodTruck)