Food Trucks should be allowed in residential neighborhoods in the town of Summerville, SC.
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Our weekly "Food Truck Socials" have such a positive impact on our community of over 300 plus homes since I have started coordinating these in March of this year. I am not HOA. I am just a neighbor who thought that this would be a great idea because I know how much people need people, and positive social experiences that can foster a sense of community and pride in one's community. This was a win-win. Small businesses(food trucks) would get business and our community would have a great reason to get out of their house. In fact, many neighbors walk to the food truck events. There are lots of kids that bike there as well. I set up tables and chairs, and encourage everyone to stay and hang out a bit and most do.
It has helped all of us reengage with one another after a very trying year of a Pandemic among other devastations. These events have strengthened bonds between neighbors from all walks of life and reduced tensions therefore relieving stress and personal struggles. Neighbors look out for one another, reducing crime rates. We have a huge sense of pride in our community, and these events have help foster that. I have seen kids make friends for the first time. I have seen parents be able to relax while they are waiting on their food, or while watching their kids play on the playground. I have food trucks scheduled for the remainder of the year, but on Tuesday, May 25th, they came to an abrupt halt when I received an email. When I inquired, I found out that the town of Summerville is no longer allowing Food Trucks in Residential settings and that there was never an ordinance allowing Food Trucks in the neighborhood, and I could be fined $1000.00 if I continued these events.( The town of Summerville is possibly exploring options) I was encouraged to get any and everyone to write in to the mayor and council members who feel like minded to get this ordinance change. Thank you all for your support. This is not just my neighborhood that it is affecting-This is the entire town of Summerville, SC.
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