He jerked the door a couple times, straining as god looked once again through the window, before getting into his auto and driving off.
Clearly, he wasn’t satisfied. And it would be a good estimate god had not heard that Gov. Rick Scott had rapidly shut down the Internet cafes, as well as the grownup games.
The guy wasn’t alone.
Likewise more than a little miffed concerning the closings of the Internet cafes and elderly galleries– great euphemisms for gaming houses– was Ralph Perrone Sr. of Perrone Properties on Merritt Island. In short order, Perrone lost 6 renters in buildings he owns and thousands of dollars each month in lease payments.
Three of his tenants turned their keys in immediately after Scott signed the legislation; 2 more did so last week. He hasn’t heard yet from the 6th, but god’s not holding out hope the renter is visiting return with a Plan B and find an additional usage for the residential property.
“It’s not visiting be effortless to locate tenants for these spots,” said Perrone, who, nonetheless, has a few nibbles on a few his homes.
Much more pleased with Scott’s action was Pat Biddix, the president and general manager of Melbourne Greyhound Park. Biddix is awaiting the green light to construct a $30 million to $50 million gambling casino like what’s offered at tracks in Broward and Dade regions.
The Melbourne center, with a bistro and amusement location, would certainly be on 200 acres between Eau Gallie Boulevard and Sarno Road, simply a brief drive where Hard Rock Hotel and Casinos bus motorists now on a regular basis whisk location gamblers to Tampa.
Biddix is a charming, though matter-of-fact guy. So when I asked him last week if god smiled with Scott’s activity to shut down the games and Internet cafe, god offered the anticipated answer.
“Yes! Heavens yes!” Biddix replied.
“Both the Internet cafes and the arcades with fixed machines had to be put out of business,” Biddix stated. “First of all, they were absolutely uncontrolled and there was no protection for the patrons whatsoever. And the businesses just weren’t taxed whatsoever shape or form. No city, no region and certainly not the state got any kind of tax income from them.