They said they weren’t gonna agree, but in the end they all did. The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural did promise to not seek slots or casino gambling – and in return the Greater Timonium Community Council agreed to back off the protests against allowing the State Fair to be a year-round off-track betting parlor, and various legislators have agreed to withdraw various bills that would have prohibited the OTB.
Actually, the Greater Timonium Community Council agreed to more than just to back off. They agreed to support an amendment to the county zoning code to clarify that OTBs permitted as a matter of right in the “mercantile exposition” district that includes the fairgrounds (whether current zoning allowed would allow off-track wagering was heated source of disagreement) and that the entire Fairgrounds would be included in “mercantile exposition zone.”
Furthermore – and perhaps most importantly – the Community Council agreed to support the Fair’s request for a full liquor license.
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