People attending the antique car show on the Village Green at the Northeast Harbor Marina last Saturday get lunch at the Eat at Joe’s food truck. PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Events panel skirts food truck rules

MOUNT DESERT — The bright blue Eat at Joe’s food truck was quite popular with people attending the antique car show on the Village Green at the Northeast Harbor Marina last Saturday.

But, technically, it shouldn’t have been there, according to the town’s code enforcement officer, Kim Keene.

It didn’t qualify for a license under the mobile vending ordinance that voters approved at town meeting in May. And it was just outside the area that is designated for special events.

According to the town’s Village Green Use Policy, public events that meet certain conditions may be held on the green with the approval of the board of selectmen.

The policy states that “for-profit sales may be allowed at certain … events, such as farmer’s markets … .”

The area designated for such events is a large section of the green, but it does not include any of the parking lot on the west side of the green.

That is where the Eat at Joe’s truck was parked, taking up several parking spaces adjacent to the green.

Jackie Hewitt, the town’s economic development consultant, submitted the application for the antique car show on behalf of the town’s special events committee. The application stated that two or three “retail food vendors will be on the green during the day selling items such as sandwiches, drinks and desert items.” The selectmen approved the application in March.

Hewitt said Monday that she had not been aware that the parking area adjacent to the village green was not part of the area designated for special events.

“We just as easily could have parked it on the green,” she said.

Hewitt said she had invited Eat at Joe’s owners Joseph and Nancy Segari of Ellsworth to bring the food truck to the antique car show. Most days, it is parked and open for business in the Home Depot parking lot in Ellsworth.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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