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Wicomico Executive Seeks to Lift Civic Center Alcohol Sales Ban

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SALISBURY, Md.- Alcohol sales have been prohibited at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center since it opened in the 1950s, but Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is looking to lift that ban.

When the property where the civic center on Glen Avenue was donated to the county, a restriction was included in the deed prohibiting alcohol. Culver wants to see the sale of alcohol allowed at the venue. Culver said he wants to propose a swap. He wants to allow alcohol sales at the civic center and in return have the county build a new baseball field where alcohol sales would be prohibited.

Jessica Fooks, who lives and works in Salisbury, said that while she is not entirely opposed to allowing the sale of alcohol at the civic center, officials should be cautious about it for various reasons. 

"Some people might be responsible, but not all people; so that's why you go to be more careful about what kind of alcohol you want to sell. If it's going to be beer, liquor, or wine," Fooks said. 

Michael Lane of Salisbury said allowing alcohol sales at the civic center would be a good thing. 

"It isn't a problem with having the alcohol being served, as long as it's for those of age. That's the legal age limit, and outside of that it should attract more folks to attend events at the civic center," Lane said.

Culver wants to push for alcohol sales at the civic center prior to making any major renovations to the venue, because he said this would open discussions for a possible minor league sports franchise to come to the center. Ultimately, the decision to remove the prohibition clause attached to the deed must come from the family heirs of S. Franklyn Woodcock. Woodcock, an alcohol opponent during the Prohibition era, donated the property to the county. 

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