Don’t risk reputation on promise of BYOB

By: Andrew Fasy

On May 8, Ocean City residents will vote on a Bring Your Own Bottle ordinance being championed by a small group of local restaurant owners. The vast majority of Ocean City business owners, residents, visitors and city officials with whom we’ve had discussions oppose this idea. This is a classic case of substantial risk far outweighing very limited potential reward.

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“Like many of our sister resorts, ocean city has lovely beaches, beautiful waterways and a fun filled boardwalk that make it a wonderful place to live, raise a family and vacation.  But we also have something very different; it is our image as a wholesome family resort with a rich history and time-tested traditions.  Those qualities make our community unique.

So for us the central issue for the BYOB referendum is rather simple; will the proposed change – which cuts into a central part of our core values – serve our long-term interests?   More to the point, are the financial benefits that might flow to a few merchants worth the risk that BYOB will in the end materially damage our special brand as a family resort?

For us, the answer is a resounding NO.  The passage of BYOB will not serve our long term community interests – and we will Vote NO.”    

- Former Congressman Bill and Nancy Hughes

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