Board of County Commissioners
Leon County, Florida
This item is a status report and a request for further direction to the
This item has no fiscal impact to the County.
Option #1: Direct the
Report and Discussion
A nationwide surge of Internet Cafes or gaming parlors have caused state and local governments to be on the offensive in trying to ascertain whether or not these “cafes” or “gaming parlors” can be construed as gambling.
Thus, the Board of County Commission has received a number of concerns or complaints to individual Commissioners over the past couple of months regarding the proliferation of the so-called "Internet Cafés" in
While these investigations are ongoing, and in light of the position being taken by the Internet Café industry that they do not constitute a prohibited gambling activity in the manner by which business is conducted on the property, and because we believe that the County Commissioners are concerned with the proliferation of the types of activities, the County Attorney's Office has initiated preparing a potential ordinance for your consideration which would prohibit the use of "simulated gambling devices" on property. We have attached a draft of such an ordinance for your consideration and direction to the
The 2011 Florida Legislature is attempting to address the issue by the filing of House Bill 217 on January 14, 2011 with the House (a companion bill for the Senate [SB576] was filed on January 25, 2011) seeking to prohibit such establishments by creating the “Electronic Machines and Devices for Sweepstakes Prohibited Act” (Attachment # 3 ).
In addition, representatives of owners of internet cafes in and around
Consideration will need to be given as to whether or not this ordinance should be treated as a land use regulatory matter or as a regulation which prohibits both future and existing such uses. In its current format, it is treated as a regulation prohibiting the uses from existing and continuing in operation.
The proposed ordinance will prohibit the use of any and all simulated gambling devices in
1. Direct the
2. Direct the
3. Direct the
4. Board Direction.
Option # 1.
1. Proposed ordinance.
2. Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Hearing.
3. Proposed House Bill 217.
4. Alternative proposed ordinance.