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Wicomico County Executive Says Alcohol Sales Coming to Civic Center

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Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (Photo: WBOC News) Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (Photo: WBOC News)

SALISBURY, Md.-  Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Wednesday, that based on legal research done by the county attorney, there has been no alcohol restriction at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for 45 years.  Culver said it is his plan to allow alcohol to be sold at the civic center to attract more events and possibly sports franchises to the county.

In a release to the media on Wednesday, the title search conducted by the county attorney was broken down.  According to the county, the land for the civic center on Glen Avenue in Salisbury was donated to Wicomico County in 1946 by the Woodcock family.  The agreement included a restriction on alcohol.  In 1959, the county gave that land to Wicomico War Memorial Builders, Inc. and as part of that deal, the Woodcock family removed its rights to the land and any restrictions.

The restriction on alcohol in the 1959 agreement came from Wicomico County.  In 1971, the land was given back to the county by WWMB and the alcohol restriction was not included in that agreement.

According to Culver, the decision to sell alcohol at the civic center is entirely up to the county and he plans on moving forward with implementing alcohol sales.

"It opens the door for many things. It opens the door whether or not we want to have more larger concerts venues here. It does open the door for us to solicit a hockey franchise or possibly a basketball franchise or any type of sports franchise that would play indoors during the winter," Culver told WBOC on Wednesday.

The bill currently in Annapolis would allow Wicomico County to have its own liquor license and handle the alcohol sales at the civic center as a county function rather that going through a vendor.

Below is the full press release from the County Executive's Office sent to the media Wednesday afternoon.

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