Food trucks got the approval of commissioners Tuesday to set up shop.
In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved changes to city rules that will allow food trucks and mobile vendors to bring their business to city parks and commercial areas.
All trucks would be regulated through the city, and if three or more trucks wanted to open for business in one location, they would need commission approval. The changes also require trucks to comply with noise regulations.
Mayor Jerry Taylor said he noticed many residents enjoy the food trucks.
“My feeling is it sounds like people really like them, enjoy them,” Taylor said, adding that he understands concerns about noise.
He asked the city’s development director, Nancy Byrne, to evaluate the process for six months before deciding if food trucks will become permanent. Byrne said the city will keep tabs for a year before considering additional changes.
Meanwhile, Commissioner David Merker said he was concerned that food trucks will take away clients and money from local businesses.
“To me, the key is the businesses. The key that we constantly talk about is bringing businesses to the city. If there is not an answer from the business community, that bothers me,” Merker said.
Merker eventually approved the changes to the food truck ordinance, but asked business owners to publicly express their thoughts.
Food trucks came to town earlier this year, when hundreds of people flocked to Harvey Oyer Jr. Park. But the mobile vehicles violated city code and were forced out in June.
Byrne told commissioners last month she gets phone calls nonstop from shopping centers, restaurants and shops asking for the trucks to return.
Gary Mehall, who lives near the park, said he remains concerned that trucks using generators create too much noise. He asked commissioners to ensure that food trucks are only allowed in commercial or industrial areas.
Travis Murphy, who plans to open his own food truck, said residents should be given the chance to enjoy food trucks.
“It would be nice if Boynton Beach got to share in all the beautiful and lovely food and excitment and things that they are missing out,” Murphy said. “Why not join in and become part of a solution? I think that it would be a great idea for the city to just give us a shot. If it doesn’t work for a year, just tell us to take a hike.”