Scheduled for Nov. 18 at Dorchester County Office Bulding

CAMBRIDGE — A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Dorchester County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Room 110.

The hearing is scheduled to address concerns brought to the attention of the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Dorchester County Board of License Commissioners that various commercial establishments in Dorchester County, such as salons, boutiques and retailers, have expressed interest in holding events at which alcoholic beverages are offered to patrons for consumption on the premises, which would violate § 19-2501.

The board is considering adopting regulations under which commercial establishments may obtain a waiver to sell, serve, keep or allow consumption of alcoholic beverages in connection with special events held to promote their business.

Under the Annotated Code of Maryland – Alcoholic Beverages Article § 19-2501, it is illegal for any operator of a commercial establishment to knowingly allow an individual to bring alcoholic beverages for consumption into the establishment or to sell, serve, keep, or allow to be consumed alcoholic beverages on the premises of, or under the control of, the establishment without a license issued by the board. A violation of § 19-2501 is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a fine up to $10,000 and/or up to two years of imprisonment.

The hearing is open to the public, and the board, board attorney and state’s attorney will be available to address any questions, comments and/or concerns. All input from county businesses and the public is welcome. For questions prior to the hearing, contact the Board of License Commissioners inspector, Roger Short, at at 410-901-1076 or rmshort@docogonet.com.

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