Indian Beach bans food trucks, faces backlash from town

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INDIAN BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) — People love food trucks. That fact has been made clear in Indian Beach, where more than a thousand residents have signed a petition to allow mobile food vendors to set up in town.

About 50 feet down the road from the city limit of Indian Beach, the Captain’s Kitchen food truck has had to set up, just outside of city limits.

Ask anyone in Indian Beach and they’ll tell you what they love about the Captain’s Kitchen food truck.

“Well it’s great food,” said Carteret County resident Don Sharp. “We just like having another option to get some down home seafood.”

Captain’s Kitchen started serving seafood in Indian Beach last year, until a March decision by the town’s board of commissioners ruled that they could no longer rent space in the town.

“We’re just a small tiny little business,” said Captain Marty Muns, owner of Captain’s Kitchen food truck. “Trying to make a living on the Crystal Coast in our little piece of heaven here.”

Now, residents are putting up a fight by signing a petition to bring the truck back.

“We love Captain Marty,” said resident Andrew Nicklow. “We love the food truck. We want him back.”

The online version of the petition already has more than a thousand signatures and hundreds of comments calling for the trucks to be allowed to operate inside town limits.

“I’m a retired boat captain,” said Muns. “And I’m just trying to make a retirement income. So I’m very proud to have those type of customers.”

Muns said he wants to be allowed back into the city limits to serve the people that have supported him.

“I want to stay here with my customers,” said Muns. “And they’re the ones that are fighting so hard for what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

The town will be holding a meeting next Wednesday to try to resolve the issue.

If you want to add your voice to the cause, you can go to ipetitions.org.

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