BRIEF: Internet cafe in Seminole reopens after closing this week
Feb 16, 2013 (Orlando Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Less than a week after nine Internet cafes in Seminole County voluntarily shut their doors, one of the businesses reopened on Friday.
The Allied Internet Center, on State Road 436 near Hunt Club Boulevard, near Apopka, was allowing customers.
Employees would not comment as to why the business was closed for several days last week. But a sign on the locked door Tuesday read: "We're updating our software and will reopen soon."
Seminole's other Internet cafes -- also known as strip-mall casinos and sweepstakes cafes -- remained closed on Saturday. Most of them had similar signs on their front doors explaining the businesses were upgrading their computers.
For the past two years, Seminole's Internet cafes have been locked in a federal lawsuit with the county over the computer games that simulate gambling. The cafe owners say the computer games are sweepstakes and protected by the First Amendment. But officials with Seminole County and the Sheriff's Office say the games are a form of illegal gambling.
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