WUFT News

Internet cafe ban signed by Scott; businesses must close

By on April 12th, 2013

Internet cafes across the state must close their doors thanks to legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott April 10.

The bill banning internet cafes moved quickly through the state Legislature in wake of the criminal investigation into Allied Veterans of the World, a gambling ring disguised as a non-profit organization benefiting U.S. veterans.

The investigation led to former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Caroll’s resignation due to her past consulting for the firm.

With the cafes’ required closing, regular customers like Susan Neidlinger are upset.

“I don’t think it’s fair that one bad apple takes away from all the other ones that are legitimate,” Neidlinger said.

Gov. Scott said internet cafes shouldn’t have been operating to begin with.

For some patrons, playing the games is more than a chance to win money.

“Us women will go out together for a couple hours a day,” Neidlinger said. “It’s just good entertainment for us. I’m not spending a lot of money.”

Supporters of the storefront gambling say it’s all about the entertainment value.

“My grandma, she loves it. She goes every day,” said Richard Morris, an internet cafe customer. “I like it because there’s free snacks.”

Morris and Neidlinger can’t frequent internet cafes anymore; the ban takes effect immediately.

It affects hundreds of businesses statewide and means a loss of an estimated 3,000 jobs.

It is up to local law enforcement to see that all these businesses are shut down.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department are having analysts look over the new law. Spot-checks will come soon.

Emily Stanton edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Scott Highlights Florida’s History As He Talks Of Its Future

Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech Tuesday that was as much a Florida history lesson as it was a vision for the state’s future — telling lawmakers he wants more tax cuts, more money for education and more affordable college tuition.


Governor Rick Scott urges attendees of a rally in Gainesville to vote early and to encourage others to do the same. The stop was one of many on a Get Out the Vote bus tour on October 28th, 2014.

Governor Scott State Of The State Address

Florida Governor Scott delivers the State of the State Address


Cannabis_Plant

Questions Raised About Proposed Pot Rule

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 27, 2015 — A lawyer for the Legislature is questioning the Department of Health’s proposed medical-marijuana rule, slated for a public vetting on Monday. The top lawyer for the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee raised concerns this […]


The building photographed is the largest solar installation in Marion County. Recently completed, the installation is estimated to generate 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

Despite Obstacles, Solar Energy Slowly Gains Traction In Florida

Solar energy is growing in popularity in Florida. The largest solar power system in Marion County was recently completed despite losing incentives, including Florida’s solar rebate.


Jim Weaver and Rich Baumiester smile while they enjoy drinks together at a bar. The couple look forward to getting married Aug. 29 in Florida.

Same-Sex Couples Enjoy More Benefits With Marriage Legalization

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida, gay and lesbian couples will now be able to enjoy the benefits of marriage that were not available through civil unions or domestic partnerships.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments