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Savannah City Council members discuss food truck ordinance

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A proposed food truck ordinance was brought back to the forefront in Thursday's Savannah City Council work session.

City staff reviewed feedback from the public, restaurants and food truck operators in the presentation. 

The food truck ordinance proposal was tabled last fall, in part because of the possibility that new council members would bring new feedback and perspective to the discussion.

The time between also gave city staff a chance to compile all the feedback they got from the public, as well as city departments like Leisure Services, traffic engineering, and planning and zoning on the details of the food truck ordinance. Areas of discussion focused on the permitting and licensing process, operational requirements, enforcement and penalties, and proposed zoning maps. There were representatives from the food truck industry and Georgia Restaurant Association who were listening in, as well as providing feedback and their concerns during the meeting.

"If there is a limit on the trucks, I'm a little concerned there might be people fighting for spots. And like everything, the first draft is always going to have to be revised, but it's a very, very good starting point," said Ryan Gianonni, Director, Savannah Food Truck Festival. 

Several council members pointed out that this has been a topic of discussion for more than three years, saying the ordinance won't be perfect for everybody right out of the gate. However, Mayor DeLoach said it's important that they don't get caught up on the minutia, and that they reach a resolution soon.

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