An Editorial on Sen. Steube

This editorial finds merit in Steube's willingness to stand up for his beliefs. However, the article also illustrates the unfortunate part is that his beliefs are misguided and negatively affecting us all. It has been well documented that one of his perceptions about home rule is his attempt to buy rental property in Flagler County and finding out that the community had existing restrictions that forbids weekly rentals. He found this restrictive to his property rights even though he hadn't purchased the property. We agree with the conclusion of the editorial - veto the Steube bill and send him a message at the ballot box in 2020.


HB425 Passes by narrow margin in House

This article summarizes the various sides in this controversy:

Missing and conveniently overlooked in this and all arguments by the proponents of HB425 and SB188 is the fact that the state originally created this problem in 2011 by preempting all local regulation of vacation rentals. This allowed the conversion of existing homes and development of new large vacation rentals by corporate interests in what were traditionally residential neighborhoods. It is these businesses, artificially created through an industry backed state-created loophole that are being used by proponents to advocate for property rights. However, these properties are being presented in the "widows and orphans" argument that the little guy is being hurt by not being able to rent their residence.  In fact in all the testimony viewed by this committee only 2 witnesses have come forth in support of these bills. One witness was a woman who bought a second home in 2007 on a golf course. The golf course went bankrupt and she is under water on the house so has to rent it to survive. The second witness coming before Senator Hutson's Committee was allowed 6 minutes to explain how she loved having AirBnB guests in her Miami home. This was after numerous opponents of the bill were limited to 1 minute each to testify. In neither case did either witness claim that they were unable to rent their residence under current regulations. It's hard to make the leap from this testimony to bills that strip away all home rule authority from local government.

State vs Home Rule is called Florida's Civil War

The Editor of the Business Observer as an ardent free market advocate looks at both sides of the argument and takes a stand. He points up: "We all have learned that whenever government imposes a one-size-fits-all regulation the ill-effects are worse than the benefits. Innovation is stifled." Please read more of his sound arguments and try to get your legislator to also heed some of this sage advice.

Please Florida Legislator, How Many More Residents Do We Have to Lose Before You Wake Up?

The Beach Community of Anna Maria Island is down 20% in permanent residents. Here’s one more example reported in the Sun Newspaper on March 1, 2017 where a resident has served his community for years, but has had it with the disruption caused by vacation rentals. He is no longer a participant, just a statistic.

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A Passionate Defense Of Home Rule Written In 2014 That Still Applies Today

Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker wrote a strong and impassioned op-ed in The Daytona Beach News-Journal in 2014 on the importance of home rule. It was written in response to the legislative action of 2011 during the first repeal attempt. The industry pressure being applied in the current legislative session to roll us back to 2011 makes this article as current as it was in 2014.  Read the article here for some critically important information.

Would You Rather Protect Paradise, Or Have Paradise Lost?

This great article by Tom Aposporos (who is a licensed real estate broker) written in 2014 in the Sarasota Herald Tribune offered some direct facts about how the landscape drastically changed in just a few short years as a result of the legislative action of 2011.  It encouraged everyone to find some common ground and to seek out balance, some of which was found in the 2014 compromise bill. This compromise is not good enough for the vacation rental industry that wants to roll us back to 2011 and create more uncontrolled drastic change.