|Published:||Apr 10, 2013 6:42 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 10, 2013 11:09 PM EDT|
Fort Myers, Fla.,- The machines at many of the gambling arcades in Southwest Florida are now dark.
It's game over for internet cafes in Florida. Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that outlaws gambling inside of arcades. His signature on the dotted line has left people like Debbi Coppage jobless.
"We're all going to be out of a job, that's basically how this is working. A bunch of people in the state are going to be unemployed now," said attendant Debbie Coppage.
"It's just like any other business, they bring jobs to people, they need to pay their bills and this business does supply people to work," said Carmelo Lamotta.
The Vegas Experience on San Carlos Boulevard knew the adult arcades would not win this battle. In fact, they started closing up before they knew the fate of their business.
"Obviously, it's a done deal, we're going to be closed; we are taking a part the machines," Coppage explained.
But, Carlo Lamotta a local restaurant owner says, it's unfortunate people will lose their jobs, but he says he won't miss the arcades.
"It hurts other businesses, people that play there only go to play, eat and drink there; they don't support any of the other local businesses that are around them," Lamotta told WINK News.
One business isn't giving up hope. Spinners Arcade posted a sign on their front door. It listed a phone number for Governor Scott and a plea for help to fight this ban.
The industry brings in about a billion dollars a year. We asked the Lee County Sheriff's Office how they plan to enforce this ban, they say they have no been advised as of now.