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Court date set for Sebastian 8-line owners

January 31, 2019

SEBASTIAN —After more than five months, the wait is over.

197th state District Judge Adolfo Cordova, who took the bench early this month, has set a Feb. 21 hearing to consider the cases of the Silver Star Game Room, Silver Express Game Room, La Victoria Game Room and the Silver Outpost.

Last August, Judge Migdalia Lopez, who retired late last month, granted the four Sebastian game rooms their requests for temporary restraining orders.

For most of time since then, those cases languished in federal court until last month, when they were returned to state court.

Sheriff Larry Spence is counting on judge Cordova to deny the four game rooms’ request to remain open.

About three years ago, eight game rooms opened up along Sebastian’s narrow streets, luring out-of-town players into town.

For years, Spence pushed for a local ordinance regulating eight-liner arcades in the county’s vast unincorporated areas.

Then last February, county commissioners approved a tough ordinance ordering game rooms to operate at least 300 feet from homes, schools and churches — and 2,500 feet from other eight-liner arcades.

The ordinance was drafted to hit game room owners in the pocket book, setting fines of $10,000 a day for violations.

Then on Aug. 13, Lopez granted the Silver Star Game Room, Silver Express Game Room, La Victoria Game Room and the Silver Outpost their requests for temporary restraining orders allowing them to operate until they take their cases to court.

fdelvalle@valleystar.com

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