Internet Cafe Comes under Scrutiny by Authorities; the Business Offers Wagering on Computer Games

By Dixon, Drew | The Florida Times Union, November 3, 2007 | Go to article overview

Internet Cafe Comes under Scrutiny by Authorities; the Business Offers Wagering on Computer Games


Dixon, Drew, The Florida Times Union


Byline: DREW DIXON

ATLANTIC BEACH - Police and city zoning officials are investigating a 2-month-old internet gaming business that offers wagering on computer games.

They're trying to find out if the business operates within city code and legal limits.

The Diamond Internet Cafe, which opened at 31 Sailfish Drive E. in August, has about 40 computer terminals. Customers can buy telephone cards and use them at the terminals to access games of chance developed by software gaming company Gametronics of Concord, Ontario, Canada. The Diamond is where the Duval County Tax Collector's branch office used to be.

Cafe owner Sharon Baker said Wednesday the company was up front with the city when they began seeking building, operational and commercial permits. "We did everything very ethically," she said.

There are about five rows of computer terminals in the shop. After purchasing phone cards, customers at least 21 years old can access the series of games.

"They enter into a sweepstakes for free. The minutes do not come off the phone card," Baker said. The phone card purchase simply makes customers eligible, she said.

If customers win a game online, they get credits and can claim cash prizes at the central desk in the cafe. The phone cards can still be used to make phone calls "for the exact dollar amount they paid for it," Baker said.

"They're just games of chance. There's really not any skill involved," said Chip, an employee at the cafe. He refused to give his last name and wouldn't explain why. "It's nothing excessive. You [can] win $18. I haven't had anything big. I think the biggest [payout] was $35." He said about 15 people a day visit the business.

But Atlantic Beach Community Development Director Sonya Doerr said there may be a violation of city code. The city's commercial zoning district code states, "Permitted uses shall also not include ... game arcades, gaming, video poker establishments or individual machines, including any type of token or coin-operated video or simulated games or similar activities or machines which are played for any type of compensation or reward."

But Baker said the phone cards are not like tokens because they don't technically pay for the gaming time. "You just buy the phone card and that enters you into the sweepstakes. We also sell people Internet time to surf the Web," she said.

"This is not a corrupt business, this is a very clean business," Baker said.

Doerr said Tuesday that it wasn't clear to city staff what was being installed at Diamond Internet Cafe until after the business was operational. "Based on what we know now, they're doing something that is a violation of our zoning regulations. …

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