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Wilmington looks at how to handle sweepstakes appeals, annexation requests

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council is looking at how to handle appeals from internet sweepstakes cafes. Several have appealed for exceptions to the city's zoning restrictions after a two-year amnesty period that ended in August.

The city's restrictions are designed to help prevent a proliferation of these types of businesses, as well prevent criminal activity and keep a distance from schools and churches.

The city is also exploring guidelines for handling voluntary annexation requests. Council requested additional information after the general assembly passed new laws governing involuntary annexations.

Many of the requests are in response to increased demand for multi-family housing, which is easier to develop with the city's more urban zoning requirements.

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So, what is the rationale

So, what is the rationale behind the setback from schools and churches?

Sweepstakes Machines

Why does the government seem to want a piece of everything we do, in the form of TAXES ? I think it's the easy way to take money from us for something they could not do on their own .Kind of like the ABC stores. They can't run them. Sell them to people and tax them. That seems to be the only thing they are good at.