Kenmore Council Bans Card Rooms - Thursday 22nd of December 2005

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Seattle Times: "Cardrooms are out in Kenmore.

"After a public hearing Monday night, the Kenmore City Council took a long-anticipated vote on whether to ban social card-game gambling and amend the city zoning code to either allow or ban such activities.

"The immediate vote of 5-1 affected just one cardroom, the 11th Frame, which operates in the Kenmore Lanes bowling alley.

"But the implications went beyond the single business and were the central focus of fall council elections.

"The city incorporated in 1998 and put a moratorium on cardroom development. That ban was challenged in court in 1999 by Len Griesel, a business owner who wanted to open his own cardroom.

"The King County Superior Court ruled that the city either had to allow all applications for cardrooms or ban them…"

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