YULEE, Fla.-- The Nassau County Sheriff's Office is on a mission.
For the next 24 hours, deputies will go from gaming center to gaming center-- enforcing the new law.
"We'll follow what the Governor wants and we'll shut them down," Sheriff Bill Leeper said.
We rode along with Sargeant Renee Braddock as she served papers to Internet cafe owners. Some businesses were already closed. Others were being cleared out.
"I know there's individuals that don't think it's gambling, but you have individuals that go to these places, spending their money in hopes of winning more money, so it's illegal. They have to realize that," Leeper continued.
For the most part, the process is simple. Cafes are informed of the new law, given documents, and told they have to shut down by close of business Friday. There are 13 in Nassau County-- most of which are in Fernadina Beach or Yulee.
Governor Scott's signing of HB155 comes after Florida legislators voted overwhelmingly to approve the ban. It was a quick response to a scandal that led to dozens of arrests and the lieutenant governor's resignation last month. Some argue they shouldn't be punished for what others did, but Sheriff Bill Leeper says-- it's out of their hands.
"It's the law, it was passed, so we have to abide by it," Leeper said.
The Sheriff's Office plans to go back out and do follow up checks. If the owners don't comply, they could be arrested.