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Federal Court supports Nassau County position that Gaming Establishments must close March 28

Nassau County
Media Release
Contact: Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer
[email protected]
March 25, 2020

On January 27, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 2020-06 declaring Simulated Gaming
Establishments as a public nuisance and ordering them to cease operations in sixty days, or in this case, March 28, 2020.

Two of the gaming establishments filed injunctions in an attempt to remain open. The case was heard in Federal Court on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Judge issued his ruling yesterday, denying the injunction. All gaming establishments in Nassau County should close their doors this weekend. Failure to do so would result in a civil penalty of no less than $250 per day of violation, and subject to fines by the Code Enforcement Board of up to $1,000 per day for the first violation, $5,000 per day for a repeat violation, and up to $15,000 per violation if the Code Enforcement Board or Special Magistrate finds the violation to be irreparable or irreversible in nature. Each day that the establishment remains open would be considered a repeat violation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the County Manager’s Office at (904) 530-6010.

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