Town Meeting: Vote settles food truck fight

MOUNT DESERT – The metaphorical food fight over allowing mobile vendors to set up shop on the waterfront in Northeast Harbor and elsewhere was decided by just a dozen votes at town meeting here Tuesday.

Proponents argued allowing food trucks would enliven the marina area and help draw more people to a town that has seen the level of year-round commercial activity steadily erode.

Opponents worried having the town facilitate lower overhead competition to existing businesses would run counter to the goal of supporting year-round commerce.

After an hour of debate, two motions to end discussion, and a call for a secret ballot the food truck ordinance was passed. The actual ballot showed a total of 84 in favor of allowing food trucks with 72 voting against the proposal. A related question concerning allowing food trucks in commercial marine zones was going to be ruled on by voters later in the evening.

After an hour and a half, town meeting still had several dozen ballot articles to consider including all the budget items.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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