Daytona Beach, FL – 17 Internet cafes across Volusia County are served cease and desist orders by the Sheriff’s Office after a recent appeals court ruling determined certain gaming devices used at the cafes are illegal.
The orders are effective immediately and warn that the establishments are conducting illegal activities and could face criminal charges, according to VCSO spokesperson Laura Williams.
“The crackdown was prompted after two recent armed robberies occurred at local gaming businesses,” Williams added.
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VCSO issued the first four of these orders on October 19th, with most of the rest coming in the last five days.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood says the establishments are unlicensed and unregulated and are considered illegal gambling because they rely on games of chance rather than games of skill.
A dozen cafes in East Volusia received the cease and desist orders. They are listed below.
– 1004 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach
– 1108 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach
– 1376 N Nova Road, Daytona Beach (Lucky Ducks)
– 2990 W International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach (Speedway Station)
– 1220 Hand Avenue #D, Ormond Beach (The Spot)
– 1240 Hand Avenue, Ormond Beach (The Room)
– 986 N Nova Road, Ormond Beach (Jiffy 2)
– 1396 N Nova Road, Holly Hill (Hidden Treasure)
– 1230 Hand Avenue, Ormond Beach (Hot Spot)
– 800 S Nova Road, Ormond Beach (Asian Internet Café)
– 1106 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach (Family Food Mart)
– 218 N Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach (The Spot)
Ten have since closed, with Family Food Mart on Derbyshire Road shutting down their machines. At The Spot in New Smyrna Beach, the owner removed machines considered illegal.
The other five which have received orders are as follows:
– 350 Spring Garden Ave., DeLand (Cyber Monkey)
– 2411 Enterprise Road, Orange City (Preview Games)
– 600 Courtland Boulevard, Deltona (Jackpot Saloon)
– 2516 N. Spring Garden Avenue, DeLand (KK Entertainment Games)
– 1250 S. Spring Garden Avenue, DeLand (Winners Circle)
Four of those have closed down, but VCSO said there is a pending issue at the Winners Circle which is keeping it open for now.
Two of these locations – the Hot Spot in Ormond Beach and the Jackpot Saloon in Deltona – were among ten taken down by VCSO during undercover investigations last year.