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Les Jeux Sont Faits: Gov. Scott Will Sign Internet Cafe Ban

| April 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott will sign legislation prohibiting the gaming at Internet cafés, his office said Thursday, following the Senate’s Senate’s 36-4 passage of a bill that flew through the Legislature spurred by an on-going racketeering investigation, and pushed by Sen. John Thrasher, who represents Flagler County.

House Votes 108-7 to Ban Internet Cafes; Impact in Palm Coast Will be Limited

| March 22, 2013

Palm Coast at one point had nearly a dozen such businesses. Last week it had seven. This week, according to Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts, the number was down to three, as several of them closed pre-emptively.

Tightening Vise on Internet Cafes, Senate Panel Follows House to Ban Them in Florida

| March 18, 2013

The vote moves the Senate closer to outlawing the cafes and arcades, a proposal that was approved by the House last year but never reached the Senate floor. The proposal drew concerns about the potential impact on other amusement games used by charities and amusement arcades.

Week in Review: Busting Out from Carroll to Cafes

| March 16, 2013

Carroll’s political career appears all but finished. Making matters worse for the former Navy lieutenant commander, she will be remembered for her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a group that authorities say held itself out as a charity for veterans but actually was a gambling operation that enriched a handful of people.

Internet Cafe Ban Picks Up Steam as House Committee Closes In on “Skills” Loophole

| March 15, 2013

The new law would end a gray area in state statutes used by operators of Internet cafes that the games are contests of skill and that the contests are similar to regulated sweepstakes offerings by places like McDonalds, Coca Cola, Chucky Cheese and churches.

Sen. Thrasher Calls for Outright Shut-Down Of Internet Cafes in Wake of Scandal

| March 13, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher, an influential senator who represents Flagler County, and who has sought to place a moratorium on new Internet cafes, said Wednesday that criminal allegations of racketeering and other wrongdoing in the industry should spur lawmakers to close the storefront businesses.

Lt. Gov. Carroll Resigns as Internet Cafe Scandal Sweeps Florida–and Palm Coast

| March 13, 2013

As Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies were serving a search warrant on the Internet Cafe in the Home Depot shopping center, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was resigning in connection with the scandal, which has led to Allied officials’ arrests.

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