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Florida Considers Internet Cafe Ban

5:34 PM, Apr 1, 2011   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- New internet cafes that offer sweepstakes are popping up across town, even as the Florida legislature considers banning them.

In Clay County, several have opened within the past month. One on Blanding Boulevard advertises to "surf the Web" and "fax," but opponents say most people are entering sweepstakes.

One is operated by St. Augustine-based Allied Veterans. They did not return our calls seeking comment.

There's an armed guard posted at the front door at all hours. Several cars were in the lot at 4 a.m. today, and it's packed in the afternoons.

They are operating legally, but some communities are banning them.

Neptune Beach and Baker County recently passed ordinances banning internet cafes.

A new bill in the Florida Legislature also calls for a ban, although it's still being debated among lawmakers.

In Duval County, a new rule imposes restrictions on how they operate.

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