Health Board Says No Need To Regulate Roadside Shrimp Vendors

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There's good news for roadside shrimp vendors in southeast North Carolina.

The Brunswick County Board of Health says there isn't enough
evidence to justify regulating the vendors based on health concerns.

Southport shrimper Royce Potter complained in July that roadside vendors pose a health risk, in part because they sell shrimp out of
a cooler even when temperatures hit 90 degrees.

Board members ruled that since there have been virtually no health complaints, regulation is unwarranted.

But the county could consider implementing a business license program.

Neighboring New Hanover County requires vendors to have a permit
and inspection from county health officials. It also prohibits selling processed or cooked seafood from the side of the road.

Pender County doesn't regulate roadside vendors.