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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 caf├ęs, 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.

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.

Palm Coast Looking to Other Cities for Guidance on Storefront Gambling Regulations

| June 1, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council is all for stopping new storefront casino-type “internet cafes” for six months, but is less clear on whether, and how, to regulate them beyond that.

Palm Coast Imposes 6-Month Moratorium on Gambling Halls Proliferating as “Internet Cafes”

| May 18, 2011

Palm Coast has six months to figure out how and whether to regulate the gambling joints, seven of which are open in the city, with four more allowed in soon. The city has no data that the joints are causing crime.

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