Despite state-wide ban, some gaming centers stay open
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Owners of the Vegas Queen's Arcade in North Fort Myers are taking their chances.
"Are you concerned about being shut down?," asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to Vicky Johnson, the manager, "Yes, i am."
Johnson is betting the house to keep the adult arcade open.
"I'm not closing," said Johnson. "I'll fight this all the way."
An Wednesday, state lawmakers banned all internet cafes and adult arcades in Florida. Many like the High Limits Arcade shut their doors.
"Yea, I'm irritated," expressed Keith Ramey, the owner. "We have a lot of money invested in a business we lawfully own."
It's also the customers who worry. Eighty-eight-year-old Beverly Kramer is one of them.
" How do you feel about this one having to close," asked Sarann to Kramer, as she was walking into the Vegas Queens Arcade, "I would die."
Her daughter, Susan, takes her to play almost every day and to see her friends
"It's her life really here and maybe grocery shopping are the only two things she can do," explained Susan.
Johnson says no illegal gaming goes on here.
" Leave us honest ones alone," added Johnson. "That' s the way i feel."
And for the loyal, like Mickey Schoonmaker, it's the amusement here that keeps him from getting lonely.
"I'd sit there on the bed and watch TV," said Schoonmaker, who's been retired for about 20 years. "I don't have to do this or that. I just like to get out."
The Lee County Sheriff's office says its legal team is reviewing the process for closure. Deputies say this is a grace period for businesses to comply.