Leon County to Regulate Internet Cafes

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Tallahassee, Florida - July 26, 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 establishes an enforcement date of Sept. 1, 2011. The regulations established by this new ordinance are applicable countywide, including within the corporate limits of the City of Tallahassee.

The initial compliance component of the ordinance requires an applicant to obtain a permit from Leon County authorizing the facility operation. An applicant is generally defined as the operator of a facility that offers utilization of simulated gambling devices to the public, in conjunction with the drawing by chance associated with the sale of a consumer product or service, sweepstakes, or game promotion.

The Simulated Gambling Facility Permit Application, including instructions for completion and submittal, along with the recently adopted Regulation of Simulated Gambling Devices Ordinance (Article XXIII of Chapter 11 of the Leon County Code of Laws) are available on the Leon County Growth and Environmental Management website, www.leonpermits.org . In order to comply with the ordinance, all currently operating simulated gambling facilities are required to submit completed applications, including all supporting documentation, by Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 to:

Leon County Growth and Environmental Management
Attention: Permit and Compliance Services – SGD Application
Renaissance Center
435 North Macomb Street, 2nd Floor
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

For information regarding the ordinance, application requirements, submittal process or other compliance related issues, please contact Emma Smith, Director of Permit and Compliance Services, at (850) 606-1300.


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