JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Internet Cafes in Florida are now illegal.
Governor Rick Scott signed a bill banning internet cafes on Wednesday.
"I think the House and Senate did the right thing to crack down on illegal gaming, especially in light of the Allied Veterans multi-state criminal conspiracy," Scott said.
After a multi-year investigation stemming from alleged illegal activity at Allied Veterans of the World, internet cafe owners across the state of Florida are scrambling to comply. It's a law that takes effect immediately. Local law enforcement will be tasked with policing compliance.
Jay McKenzie owns two internet cafes in town.
"They just took our livelihood away from us," McKenzie said.
There are about a thousand of these throughout the state, employing an estimated 14,000. People who will now be out of work.
McKenzie is out of town, but spoke with us over the phone about how this law will have a trickle-down effect on the economy.
"The shopping centers are going to lose their tenants, the vendors who supply supplies to the businesses," he said.
There is an effort among internet cafe owners to fight this law in court.
First Coast News