According to City Councilman William Clark, internet sweepstakes parlors also known as cyber cafes or internet cafes would be the first of its kind to set up in Cheviot.
“It’s very quick to set up. You set up some computers, put a server in and some tables and chairs and people can get to business,” said Clark.
On the other hand, supporters told such businesses were legal under the law. In fact, they argued that instead of collecting winning, they sell pre-paid phone cards and internet tome.
“They’ve already made their intent known that they’re coming here and we can’t just restrict a business because we suspect that they’re gambling,” Clark argued.
Clark also stated that sweepstakes parlors have long been popping in the state of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
“A lot of these internet sweepstakes cafes choose these smaller communities realizing they don’t have the resources to do a long huge court battle if the community decides it is in fact a gambling site,” Clark said.
Meanwhile, Councilman Matthew McGowan said that “as long as he’s not doing anything illegal there can’t be a problem with it.”
“Until we get a better idea on this on what exactly is legal, and what exactly is not it’s kind of hard to say yea or nay,” McGowan commented.