Food trucks coming to Horry County for first time

Vacationers on the beach in Myrtle Beach are shown in this May 2013 file photo. Horry County Council has begun issuing permits for food trucks to operate in the unicorporated portion of the county this year.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Those vacationing on the Grand Strand this year will find a number of new places to eat.

Local media outlets report that, beginning Wednesday, permits are being issued for the first food trucks to operate in unincorporated areas of Horry County. Once county permits are issued, the trucks will have to get approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

A county council committee spent nearly a year studying the idea amid concern the food trucks would hurt business at established restaurants. This spring the council agreed to allow the trucks as long as they don’t operate near other restaurants.

There are more than 1,800 restaurants along the coast between Georgetown and the North Carolina state line.