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Smyrna Food Trucks Face New Regulation

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The town of Smyrna recently passed new regulations for food trucks, a move town officials said adds new requirements for a type of business that's growing in various towns and cities.

The town's council passed the legislation on Oct. 3. It requires food truck operators to have at least $100,000 in general liability insurance and prohibits them from being within 50 feet of restaurants, among other regulations.

Smyrna Mayor Joanne Masten said the policy was carefully crafted so food trucks could be allowed to operate in the town but also with enough protections in place for existing residents and businesses.

Clint Johnson, who operates a restaurant and barbecue business out of an RV parked off of U.S. 13, said he doesn't see the new regulations necessarily affecting his business but notes that regulations in some towns have led to unfriendlier atmospheres for food trucks in some towns. He said he already moved his smoker for us at the U.S. 13 site after complaints about excess smoke at his restaurant on Main Street. 

"You don't know if the rules are going to change overnight. It's like chasing the pot of gold out of the rainbow," he said.

Masten said the new law isn't intended to cause friction with food truck operators. Other cities in Delaware have adopted regulations and laws regarding food trucks, including Middletown and Wilmington.

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