Snake Eyes For Adult Video Arcade


Suzie Bahan’s application for an adult video arcade at 185 Old San Carlos was rejected by the Fort Myers Beach town council Monday. And while the council did not believe that type of business fit into the code for that area, not all was lost for Bahan.

The council did approve her request for a license to serve beer and wine and she tells Beach Talk Radio News that she plans to open a business called The Painted Pineapple. “The Painted Pineapple will be a sophisticated wine bar that offers discerning locals and visitors a more extensive selection of wines (beer and wine based spirits) from many regions within the U.S. and abroad. Ambience will abound in the tropical and relaxed atmosphere, made more enjoyable by a variety of local musicians and entertainment.”

While the video arcade machines would have been more of a hook to get people into the business, it was not going to be the main feature. Bahan wanted to open this type of wine bar. The only restriction the council put on the application was that the alcohol was not to be served or consumed outside the building.

The video arcade machines, which are like slot machines with vouchers and gift certificates being the prizes rather than money, would have cost Bahan between $75,000 and $100,000 to purchase.




  1. Right decision by FM Town council. We have always prided and promoted FMB as Family Oriented and we should keep that as a strong focal point. Once you introduce one such type business, then there will be two and it goes on and on.
    As previously stated, FMB can take on a pretty CHEESY look very quickly.

  2. Wow, was this segment uncomfortable to watch at the council meeting. Again, the Special Exception process is being used to rule by personal opinion, not the elements of the Special Exception application. I did not see where the applicant is asking for anything illegal or outside our ordinances. Never did I hear any specific discussion surrounding answers on the Special Exception application. Listening to the discussion, I would summarize that the people that use these machines are somehow not family oriented. I myself do not partake in these types of machines, however, there are enough that this tax payer wants to invest $50K+ in the entertainment. There was much judgement, not a review if she met the special exception requirements.

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