Bay County looks to provide permanent space for food trucks

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Since Hurricane Michael, food trucks have become a staple in many locals' lives and now Bay County commissioners want to make sure they stick around.

Food trucks may soon have a permanent space in Bay County. (WJHG/WECP)

Bay County Commissioner Philip "Griff" Griffitts said, "I think we need to organize that and set aside a permanent site for them where they can come and make a gathering point, where folks in the community can come and have a choice of food."

County Commissioners say they plan to use an empty lot near the Government Center and Bay County Public Library off of 11th Street as a spot to house food trucks at least once a week.

They believe it will provide more unique food options for locals and visitors.

Griffitts said, "I think the public will embrace them and I think it's a good thing for the public to have those choices, especially in the downtown area. Downtown is starving for lots of things and this might help promote a few of those things."

Some local entrepreneurs like Allan Branch agree the food truck plaza could have the potential to help everyone out.

Branch said, "We all win together. The old saying goes, 'A rising tide floats all boats' and I think it's a great amenity, there's lots of people that live around there and work there and I think you'll see a lot of positive reactions out of the community."

Branch also believes the food trucks will bring something different to the table and is excited to see what the County cooks up.

"Food trucks are a little bit of an incubator for restaurants and it's kind of cool that County leadership is looking towards entrepreneurs to do something instead of building a cafeteria or something like that," said Branch, "I think that's kind of a cool, creative solution and I applaud them for that."

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