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Sebastian game rooms reopen despite court ruling

March 23, 2019

SEBASTIAN — When Cheto Garcia gazed across the street, the Silver Outpost was open.

Down the road, the Silver Star, the Silver Express and the La Victoria game rooms were also back in business.

Since a judge denied the game rooms their request to open under a temporary injunction Feb. 21, the four eight-liner arcades had been closed.

But sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, they all opened up again, Garcia said.

Robert Flores, the attorney who represents the game rooms’ owners, said he didn’t advise them to re-open.

At the Silver Star and Silver Outpost, workers said the game rooms’ owners weren’t around to answer the question.

Like Garcia, many in this tiny farming community are wondering why the game rooms are open again.

“I think they’re doing that on their own,” County Judge Aurelio Guerra said yesterday from the county’s administration building.

For the four game rooms, the decision to open up could be costly.

If they lose their court case, they could face fines of $10,000 for every day they operated under temporary restraining orders.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Spence is keeping tabs on their operating hours.