Will arcades reopen?
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CREATED Jun. 27, 2013
North Port, Fla.
Some Southwest Floridians still want to take their chances! A North Port arcade shut its doors two weeks ago with just a note on the door saying it would be open in one week. Now former customers want to know when that's going to happen!
"I'm not a senior citizen but I enjoy going, spending a couple of hours a day you know and it's just awful," said Cheryl Easton-Larmond. She was an avid arcade-goer up until two weeks ago. Her favorite place, the Spin Depot in North Port suddenly closed, a month and a half after most others in Southwest Florida.
"We gave all the establishments in the area 45 days to comply,” said Capt. Anthony Sirianni of the North Port Police Department. “We checked on Spin Depot and noticed that they were not in compliance"
The problem is, he says, the people would play the machines and if they won were receiving monetary value. "They were getting gift cards, if you will, when the won and they were redeeming those and that was in violation of this legislation," added Sirianni.
But Easton-Larmond disagrees with the law, "We used them in the area. Gas, food, it's employing people, the people who sell the cards, the people who use the cards."
Investigators say they had no choice and like all laws, they have to enforce them. Easton-Larmond feels it’s not fair, "We were never questioned. There was never a referendum, there were never town hall meetings as to how we felt about the changes about the closings."
People like Easton-Larmond wants to know; Is it ever going to re-open?
In our commitment to trying to get you answers, it appears that they might be back in business soon but only if the customers can't win anything.
Now you might ask - if you can't win anything, what's the point? I'm told to consider this; if you play golf you don't win anything, but you still have entertainment and that’s the same with a ball game.
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