City Of Palm Beach Gardens Works To Ban 'Adult Arcades'

One South Florida city is looking to crack down on so-called "adult arcades."

The only such establishment that had been operating in Palm Beach Gardens city limits was the Golden Nugget and it was raided and shut down a few months ago.

The City Council wants to be sure no new ones open.

"They're set up very much like a casino. The windows are darked out. There's not a wall full of stuffed animals that they're winning. It's money and gift cards and that's illegal gambling."

City Attorney Robert Max Lohman tells CBS 12 News that the arcade featured unregulated slot machines, similar to the ones that were seized at four illegal gambling operations that were shut down last month by the state in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast and the Tampa Bay area.

Palm Beach Gardens passed an ordinance banning such businesses Thursday night and will take a final vote in July.

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