Norwalk authorities are making good on their promise to issue daily citations to Spin to Win, a Water Street business using games of skill or chance, depending on the interpretation such as Tic-Tac Fruit machines.
Police on Wednesday issued the citation to business owner David J. Pugh, 57, of 32 N. Old State Road, for operating without a permit, a zoning-related violation. So far, Pugh and operators Ed and Bonnie Cordle, of Berlin Heights, have been issued at least six citations on a charge of violating Norwalk's general business zoning code.
Norwalk City Zoning Officer Linda Hebert sent Spin to Win a letter Aug. 21, instructing the business to "cease and desist operation immediately" until it had obtained the proper zoning permit. Hebert then referred the matter to Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara, who decided to have the police issue daily citations until the matter is resolved.
Reese Wineman, Spin to Win's attorney, has said zoning can be "used" and "enacted" to violate someone's civil rights, but doesn't know if the city is doing a witch hunt.
"It's going to shut their business down," Wineman said Tuesday. "They've been ordered to shut their business down. Period."