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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sauble Beach Invites Food Truck Proposals

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

Council to go with a pilot project this summer to see what kind of nibbles they get.

Photo By Claire McCormack 

There are a lot of things in South Bruce Peninsula, but food trucks are not among them.

That's about to change.

Up until now, food trucks have been banned from the community, but council has decided to go with a pilot project this summer to see what kind of nibbles they get.

The town is calling on the operators of such facilities to reply to a Request for Proposals, to see what interest there is, where they might like to set up and how much they'd pay for the privilege.

Mayor Janice Jackson says this is something she wanted for the community for years, saying "It's long overdue and sorely needed in our municipality."

In a recorded vote, council approved the move, 3-1 with Councillor Paul McKenzie excusing himself due to a possible pecuniary interest.

Voting against was Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland, who doesn't want the trucks in Sauble Beach or Wiarton, but admits they could be a good service elsewhere.

Kirkland says there's lot of summer traffic in areas like Allenford, Oliphant, Red Bay and Hepworth but there are no food facilities in those areas.

Mayor Jackson says she expects some backlash from restaurant owners but council can put conditions on where the trucks can operate and what they can offer, so as not to compete with "bricks and mortar" businesses.

She says for instance, a food truck would be a great service in the area of the 6th Street washroom lcoation of Sauble Beach which has no restaurant in the area but plenty of beach-goers during the summer.

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