City leaders to vote on seven pages of regulations for mobile food vendors

The lone food truck in Ocean Springs has been operating on a trial basis for six months

City leaders to vote on seven pages of regulations for mobile food vendors

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Ocean Springs this week could implement regulations surrounding food trucks. That could lead to more in the city.

Even on a rainy day like Sunday, wing lovers flocked to True Wings. Some follow the food truck’s location online to be sure they get their wing fix.

“If it was going to be pouring, I was still going to come anyways to get some food,” said Angel Reina.

The city has allowed True Wings to operate on a trial basis for the last six months.

“It’s been absolutely unbelievable,” said owner True Pasley. “The reception from the community, the support, it’s more than I would have ever imagined.”

Pasley said so far, business has been great.

“I need to park on your property and get it going so it was a lot of nos,” he said of trying to get started. “But once I finally got that yes, it took off like a rocket.”

Now city leaders will vote on food truck regulations. Currently, Ocean Springs has no laws surrounding mobile food vendors. That could change Tuesday night. Seven pages of regulations will be discussed. Click here to read them.

Those regulations include a permit from the Mississippi Department of Health, a valid business insurance policy, location approval from the city and business where the truck or pushcart will be parked, plus no alcohol or loud music allowed.

The consensus on the street is the more food trucks, the better.

“There’s a lot of nice restaurants around here, but there’s times when they’re closed or you want something in between or something real quick and fast. This fits perfect with it," said St. Martin resident Scott Hoberman.

“Food trucks are a staple in my personal culture,” Reina added.

Pasley said it’s been a community effort to get him up and running.

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