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A sign in front of a house on Atlantic View road in Butler Beach advertises the property as a vacation rental. Photo by PETER WILLOTT/ The St. Augustine Record

FL - Stop the ill-guided effort to strip local oversight of vacation rentals| Opinion

The state Senate and House have filed vacation rental preemption bills HB 219 and SB 522, which will take away local government oversight over vacation rentals and export that responsibility to an overburdened state agency 300 miles away

It’s an unworkable policy solution — which may be the whole point of the exercise.

Residents recently fought this battle in Brevard County. After 24,000 Facebook hits, 2,000 petitioners and using four buildings to accommodate hundreds of protesters at the meeting, an all-Republican commission that previously was 4-1 in favor of daily vacation rentals in neighborhoods listened to the voters and voted 4-1 against it.

The most important takeaway from the commission vote is that permanent resident voters’ property rights to live in a secure neighborhood are very important. And that the property right of owners to make a profit, and of government to collect commercial sales taxes on residentially zoned property, is not.

The most important takeaway from the commission vote is that permanent resident voters' property rights to live in a secure neighborhood are very important. And that the property right of owners to make a profit, and of government to collect commercial sales taxes on residentially zoned property, is not.

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