Leon County Issues Simulated Gambling Facility Permits

By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release
By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release

Leon County, Florida - November 3, 2011 -

On June 14, 2011, the Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance to regulate simulated gambling devices in Leon County. The ordinance became effective on June 15, 2011, and established an enforcement date of Sept. 1, 2011, countywide including facilities within the corporate limits of the City of Tallahassee. Prior to the adoption of the ordinance, Leon County identified 33 locations operating simulated gambling devices. In order to comply with the ordinance, all currently operating simulated gambling facilities were required to submit an application by Aug. 15, 2011. The County received 18 applications and issued 17 permits. One facility closed before completing the permit process.

The ordinance sets standards on the location and operation of simulated gambling facilities, and establishes a limit of 10 facilities in Leon County. As part of the passage of the ordinance, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners grandfathered in facilities that applied for a permit by the Aug. 15 deadline.

“I think the Board took a proactive and responsible position in the enactment of this ordinance to reflect our community standard in addressing this issue,” said Leon County Commission Chairman John E. Dailey.

For more information regarding the simulated gambling permits, please contact the Leon County Department of Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606- 1300.

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