Wicomico County Task Force Recommends Liquor Dispensary Changes – WBOC TV 16

Salisbury, MD – The future of liquor sales in Wicomico County was the topic of conversation at Tuesday’s County Council meeting, following a recommendation by the County’s Liquor Dispensary Task Force to provide more purchasing options for bars and restaurants.

Currently, all liquor sales in the county, including those by bars and restaurants, are through a county-run dispensary system. Wicomico County Liquor Dispensary Task Force co-chair and Greater Salisbury Committee President Mike Dunn calls that a monopoly.

“We’re recommending that the monopoly be lessened,” Dunn stated. He’s in favor of giving local bars, restaurants, and social clubs like the VFW and Moose Lodge the option to buy their liquor from distributors.

Julie Giordano, the County Executive, supports this proposal. 

“We have the Chamber of Commerce behind us, the Greater Salisbury Committee behind us as well, and so just having those you entities behind you it speaks volumes because they do have a community voice so we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just what I wanted to put forward it’s what our community needs and wants,” she said.

Michael Vizard, owner of “Cheers,” said this is a step in the right direction, but ultimately he would like the dispensary system to go away,

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