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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - How would you like lunch prepared and given to you right outside where you work? One man is pushing to provide this service in Horry County.

Karl Moser says he's got a food truck, and he wants to run the business in Horry County by offering lunch to people like office workers.

The current Horry County regulations on mobile food trucks and carts limits the food that can be served to: "…hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, soft ice cream and other similar foods approved by SCDHEC."

The complete regulations governing food vending in Horry County can be found here: http://www.horrycounty.org/portals/0/docs/planningandzoning/foodvendingordinance.pdf 

Horry County doesn't issue permits for food trucks. Moser is trying to change that.

He says the county has been supportive of what he is trying to accomplish. The Horry County Planning and Zoning Department is holding a public meeting to find out if there is interest from citizens in Horry County.

The county ran an online survey  to gauge public interest and concerns regarding food trucks. About 450 people responded to the survey: 51 food truck owners, 25 restaurant owners, 17 food cart owners, and 395 interested citizens.

Of those who responded, 94 percent voted that they would like to have food trucks allowed in Horry County. The majority voted that they would like to see food trucks everywhere except in neighborhoods or near brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The four-question survey can be found here:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MHYZ7T5

Scott Hockenberry, an Horry County resident, thinks food trucks would be a great addition. "To have that availability and accessibility to have it, you know, right outside your work at a certain time, it's a great thing," he says.

Moser says he wants Horry County to give him a chance. He's unemployed because he can't find work. A food truck business would give him, and others in the same boat, the opportunity to run their own businesses.

There was a public meeting on Thursday, January 23 at 3 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Building that was well attended. Officials say the majority of those in attendance are in favor of the idea.

Public input and the survey data wasbe given to an infrastructure and regulation committee at 9 a.m. on February 24. Anyone with additional input can contact the planning staff at (843) 915-5340 or cecilm@horrycounty.org.

On Thursday, March 27, the Mobile Food Vending Ad Hoc Committee is meeting at 1:30 p.m. to review the existing regulations in place in Horry County, discuss options for changes to the regulations and permits, and plan the next steps.

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