Knoxville to seek public's input on food trucks

12:27 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) Food trucks are flooding into East Tennessee these days with plenty of new fans each day, but now the City of Knoxville is looking to put into place some rules for the booming industry.

The city will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss the regulation of food trucks.

Knoxville Downtown coordinator Rick Emmett said an ordinance, enacted in the 1960's, prohibits food trucks from selling their products in the public right of way. They can only do so if a special event is taking place.

But, Emmett said a lot of people want that to change, so the city is looking at how pilot programs have been implemented in other cities like Lexington, Louisville and Nashville.

In the Music City, vendors can do business in designated zones, something Rebecca Saldivar, of Tootsie Truck supports.

She said she's excited for the meeting and her business is willing to do whatever is in the public's best interests.

"Everyone should uphold those same standards and it does need to be regulated," she said.

Emmett told 10News there are anywhere from 15 to 20 food trucks currently operating in the city.

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