By Andrew Ruiz | WPTV.com
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A food truck fight in Boynton Beach is over but not without a food fight of sorts.
The struggle between Chowder Truck -n- Snack Shack and a city commissioner heated up when Commissioner David Merker said food trucks “might as well be garbage trucks.”
Merker tells WPTV the comment made to the Sun-Sentinel was taken out of context.
Although Merker took responsibility for the comment, “it was misconstrued but I’ll take the blame and say I’m sorry,” he insists he referred to the deal between the city and food truck owner Kim Kelly, “garbage.”
The initial deal was for Kelly to park on city property located on the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway for free.
According to a letter, the CRA preferred she pay no rent to prevent the property from becoming subject to ad valorem taxes.
Kelly says as an alternative, the CRA asked her to pay $600 a month to the Children’s Schoolhouse Museum in lieu of rent.
Merker opposed that deal— arguing its fairness and the precedent it could set.
“The deal was garbage; the deal was not for the citizens. The citizens pay taxes, they’re supposed to get revenue to keep their taxes down, this was a gift for free,” Merker said.
That deal is now dead. On Friday, Kelly said she will park her food truck at 601 S. Federal Highway. It is not owned by the city but was approved by staff.
They plan to have another food truck at their proposed location; food truck rallies are also a possibility.
Commissioner Merker apologized for his ‘garbage’ comment and on Facebook said he would be a customer.
Kelly, still not happy with the commissioner’s use of the word, created a new item for her menu. She calls them “garbage fries.”