Bradenton police outline enforcement of Internet cafe ban

jdeleon@bradenton.comApril 11, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Bradenton police issued a statement early Thursday afternoon announcing they will give internet cafe owners 30 days to comply with a new state law.

In a letter from Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski to Mayor Wayne Poston's office, he laid out the department's plan for enforcing the new bill signed into law by Gov.. Rick Scott Wednesday.

Attached was a letter that will go out to these business owners.

"The Bradenton Police Department is bound by State Statue to enforce all laws set forth by the state legislature, and shall commence such action thirty-days following the service of this letter," Radzilowski said in the letter to owners.

During the 30 days the chief said his department will familiarize themselves with the law and also consult with the State Attorney's Office on enforcement.

After the 30 day period visits will be conducted to any open establishments to determine if they are in violation of the law.Melinda Sykes, owner of two cafes in Manatee, said she has joined with other owners in Florida to form an association. Their attorney is filing for an injunction on their behalf, she said.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said his agency doesn't plan to take immediate action against Internet cafes in its jurisdiction.

"Obviously, we are not going to go out and start raiding these establishments today or tomorrow," Bristow said. "We are going to wait and see what happens in the courts, and then we will plan a course of action."

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