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Pilot program would permit food trucks in downtown parking spots

Customers visited  food trucks in April 2012 at a special event on a lot between Vine and Main Streets in Lexington. Photo by David Perry | Staff
Customers visited food trucks in April 2012 at a special event on a lot between Vine and Main Streets in Lexington. Photo by David Perry | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Mobile food trucks are one step closer to being able to operate on public streets in Lexington, according to a news release from Urban County Councilwoman Shevawn Akers.

The council's food truck work group agreed on a proposed pilot program Thursday. The proposal would allow food truck vendors to peddle food from certain parking spots downtown.

The pilot program is awaiting approval from the Lexington Parking Authority, after which it will be presented as a resolution to the council, the release said.

Vendors and residents have clamored for food trucks for more than a year, but the discussion was stalled because of a host of regulatory concerns.

In February, the council passed a partial ordinance governing the permitting process for food trucks, allowing them to operate on private property only.

Akers, who chairs the work group, said food trucks could be on public streets this summer.

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