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Rohnert Park restricts five types of businesses

The Rohnert Park City Council makes no bones about wanting new businesses in the city.

Just not all kinds, at least for now.

Five emergency ordinances adopted Tuesday by the City Council prohibit the following types of businesses from applying for new business licenses for at least 45 days:

; Pawn shops

; Adult entertainment enterprises

; Check-cashing shops

; Cyber cafes

; Electronic message centers

The council was acting to forestall what it and city staff fear will be a rush of such businesses applying to open in Rohnert Park to serve customers of the $800 million, 3,000-slot Graton Resort & Casino, which is to open later this year, perhaps by Nov. 1.

Tuesday's emergency moratorium prohibits for 45 days any permits for the businesses in question; it allows current permits to be renewed if the business is not relocating. The moratorium can be extended for up to two years.


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