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Farmingdale wants more regulations for food trucks

Farmingdale Village Hall on July 5, 2011.

Farmingdale Village Hall on July 5, 2011. Credit: Alexi Knock

The village of Farmingdale board has sent a revised local law allowing for food trucks back to the Nassau County Planning Commission with changes to address concerns about where the truck could be located.

The local law, adopted by the board on May 2, requires approval by the planning commission due to its potential impact on county roads. On May 26 the commission decided the local law was incomplete because it was vague on the locations of the food trucks and sent it back to the village.

On Monday, the Farmingdale board of trustees revised the code change to require that the food trucks could only operate in places where they would not disturb residences and added a provision that would allow the food trucks to operate on Main Street when the street was closed for a street fair or other event.

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said the board will wait to vote on adopting the revised code until the commission says that the location issues have been resolved.

Ekstrand has been a proponent of the change to the town’s peddler laws that would allow local restaurants to obtain permits to operate food trucks on Friday and Saturday nights.

“This younger generation is going out at 11 o’clock at night and most of the kitchens and restaurants are closed and there’s no place for them to get a bite to eat so I think food trucks are a great idea,” Ekstrand said.

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