Viewers Voice: Internet cafe's in jeopardy of closing down
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CREATED Mar. 27, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Proposed ban on internet cafes bringing out protests to the streets of Southwest Florida.
Popular internet cafes are in jeopardy of closing its doors.
Sponsors of the bill say these types of businesses are used for illegal gambling but adult arcade supporters say their hang out shouldn't be put in the same category as internet cafe's because they don't pay in cash rather in gift cards.
For many it's more than just a gaming spot.
"Myself and my wife, rather than just sit at home watching TV, we can go to the arcades. They provide us with breakfast lunch and dinner. The staff is very friendly and it's a whole social network we've established", said Ralph Giaquinto.
Betty from North Fort Myers said, "It's a form of enjoyment for everyone in southwest Florida. Think about all the folks that will be out of work in this economy, all the revenue that will be lost to the state and the economy. Pick on something else."
"This is America and we the people should spend our money and go wherever we want to go and who should tell us we can't?," said Kim from Fort Myers.
"I vote to get rid of them! We don't need them," said Ed from Naples.
Representative Carlos Trujillo says the adult arcades don't contribute to the state financially.
The bill is expected to go before the senate in the upcoming weeks.