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Food Truck Park opens in Boynton Beach

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The food truck phenomenon is hitting South Florida. Now, the trucks have a permanent place to set up shop in Boynton Beach.

A "Food Truck Park" opened in the city Saturday. It will feature several food trucks Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's located at 601 South Federal Highway.

Kim Kelly is at home in the kitchen. Now her kitchen is on wheels. She runs Hurricane Alley in Boynton Beach. She jumped into the food truck business when the city of Boynton Beach made rules allowing them in the city earlier this year.

For the past six months, she's been working on a finding a permanent place for trucks like her "Chowder Truck n Snack Shack" to set up during the day.

"It's something for the community to rally around and they can come and go; and this way they're not eating fast food, they're eating good food," she explains.

Not every city commissioner liked the idea. One called food from trucks "garbage."

So instead of putting her park on public land, Kelly found a private landowner who is allowing trucks on her property.

Kelly's best selling item is Garbage Fries, named after the commissioner's comment. They feature waffle fries loaded with chess sauce, bacon, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers.

Wednesday was the third day she's been at the park, and she says customers are lining up.

They include Harry Birrittieri who grew up near Boston, but has lived in Boynton Beach for eight years.

"I'm from New England, so I know authentic chowder when I see it," he says pointing to his cup of chowder.

He says it's great to see something exciting in an old, empty lot.

"It gives you the community atmosphere," Birrittieri says sitting at one of the picnic tables set up in the park.

Kelly thinks this could be the beginning of a new identity for Boynton Beach. So far she has the only truck in the park, but she says others have inquired about setting up.

"I think it is moving the city forward, and it's about time we started going forwards, instead of backwards. So it's an improvement," she says.

Kelly says the commissioner who made the garbage comment visited her food truck this weekend and liked it. 

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