Sunset clause modified in state bills shrinks radius between Ocean City stores
As part of the adopted exit strategy for the county’s Department of Liquor Control, the Worcester County Commissioners wanted a 10-mile radius between a newly opened store and one currently operated by county employees until the county stores were all sold or subleased.
What they are more likely to get, however, is a 1-mile no compete zone in the county and a 10-block radius in Ocean City, should a Senate bill sponsored by Worcester County’s Sen. Jim Mathias be signed into law.
The idea, the commissioners agreed at the time, was to encourage investment into a county store as a sort of turnkey operation before allowing private investment into new ventures. Once Worcester had divested itself of the properties, the prohibition would also become obsolete, according to the plan.