By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Local law enforcement has reported that all the adult arcades in Indian River County have closed as a result of new state legislation banning the games within the establishments.
Sgt. Thomas Raulen, public information officer with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, said that as of the last week in April, about a dozen arcades shut down business operations, though some may join a lawsuit to overturn the law.
"We were pleased that all of the arcades in Indian River County were receptive to compliance with the law and no enforcement action was needed," Sgt. Raulen said in an email.
The law came as a result of an investigation into Allied Veterans of the World, an arcade establishment, that purported to donate large sums of money from the business to charities, but records show very little went to charity.
Gaming centers that operate machines designed to work like slot machines or other casino-style games will be illegal, as well as Internet cafes where sweepstake-style games are available.