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Speculation surrounds Internet cafe

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Once-bustling Quincy business now closed

By Alice Du Pont

The lights are on at 1954 Pat Thomas Parkway, but no one seems to be at home.

In recent weeks, the parking lot in front of the Quincy Business Center was filled with vehicles and a uniformed security stood watch at the door.

There has been local speculation that the Business Center might have been one of about 50 Internet parlors shut down March 14 associated with an investigation into Allied Veterans of the World and the organization’s association with the cafés.

Attempts to reach Reggie Medlin, listed as owner, contact person and manager, on documents on file at Quincy City Hall were unsuccessful. Two telephone numbers are listed, and both are operational but recordings only urge callers to leave a message.

“FDLE did not consult us at all. I have no idea what they’re doing,” said Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil.

Jack McLean, city manager, said the closing of the business could cost the city about $30,000 annually in uncollected tax revenue.

Inside the storefront, the computerized slot-machine
-style games still flash and screens change occasionally, but that appears to be the extent of the activity inside.
Other business owners in the strip plaza say they know nothing of what was going on at the business. One woman, who works nearby and asked not the be identified, said she saw two Florida Highway Patrol vehicles parked in front of the business center the same day she heard about the other closings in Florida.

“I didn’t really think too much about it. It was unusual to have FHP just parked there,” she said.