SENATE BILL 188 and HOUSE BILL 425
 

The Vacation Rental Industry is applying its resources to pressure the Legislature to roll back regulations to 2011 to what effectively eliminated all local authority to regulate vacation rentals. This has taken the form of the following bills:

Senate Bill 188

This bill was filed by Senator Greg Steube of Sarasota on 12/16/16 who lists his occupation as Attorney.

On 1/10/2017 it was referred to the Regulated Industries; Community Affairs; Rules Committees. 

An Amended Bill will now be considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee.


House Bill 425

This bill was filed by Representative Mike LaRosa of St Cloud on January 24, 2017 who lists his occupation as Real Estate Broker and Developer.

On 2/06/2017 it was referred to Subcommittees Agriculture & Property Rights, Commerce, Careers & Competition.

An Amended Bill was referred to the House Careers and Competition Committee, and will now be considered by the Commerce Subcommittee.


These Bills are now entering the review process by the above committees and we need to make known to them that this turn back to a lack of Home Rule is neither appropriate, nor healthy for our municipalities.

The House Agricultural & Property Rights Sub Committee (Chaired by Representative Tom Goodson), and the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries have already met. 

**The House Commerce Subcommittee and the Senate Community Affairs Committee will be meeting very soon.

Below you will find information necessary to email members of both the House Commerce Subcommittee and Senate Community Affairs.  As soon as possible, please copy the below email information, and email the House Commerce Subcommittee delegates to request their support and efforts to reject House Bill 425 - and the Senate Community Affairs Committee to request their support and efforts to reject Senate Bill 188.

Now is the time for them to hear from us!!

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Email the House Commerce Subcommittee
It is important now to reach out to  members of the House Commerce Subcommittee.

Please copy and paste the following email information and text into the body of the email form Here.

Subject: (insert into email)
HB 425

 Text:
(insert into your email and edit to personalize your concerns/argument)

Members of the House Commerce Subcommittee:

I am writing to you today in opposition to House Bill 425. If passed, this legislation will take away the rights of our city government to establish reasonable local laws regarding the use of vacation rentals in ways which are not in conflict to the values and standards of our community, and which insure the life safety of all our visitors.

Legislation was passed in 2014 which was a hard fought compromise which gave back to local governments some of their Home Rule rights to regulate vacation rentals. The 2014 legislation has allowed the City of Holmes Beach to continue to adopt regulations that are both consistent with our community values of a family-based, residential style of living and balanced with the rights of the people who own vacation rentals.

Exempting vacation rentals within residential areas, from local regulation will cause many problems for our community.

         Without an ability to register and periodically inspect to ensure adherence to State of Florida standards for Fire and Life-Safety our visitors, and their resident neighbors are at risk.

         Without an identified, responsible agent/owner of record for contact to assist law and/or code enforcement, we cannot effectively resolve problems that arise.

I am not against vacation rentals in my city, but please let my local government control their use and placement so as not to disrupt our residential neighborhoods.

I urge you to reject HB425.

Thank you for your understanding and support,


(Your Name Here)


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Email the Senate Community Affairs


It is important now to reach out to members of the Senate Community Affairs.

Please copy and paste the following email information and text into the body of the email form Here.

Subject: (insert into email)
SB188

Text:
(insert into your email and edit to personalize your concerns/argument)

Members of the Senate Community Affairs:

Since the original bill hearing was delayed, this is my appeal to once again ask you to vote against any further consideration of Senate Bill 188.

If passed, this legislation will take away the rights of our city government to establish reasonable local laws regarding the use of vacation rentals in ways which are not in conflict to the values and standards of our community, and which insure the life safety of all our visitors.

Legislation was passed in 2014 which was a hard fought compromise which gave back to local governments some of their Home Rule rights to regulate vacation rentals. The 2014 legislation has allowed the City of Holmes Beach to continue to adopt regulations that are both consistent with our community values of a family-based, residential style of living and balanced with the rights of the people who own vacation rentals.

Exempting vacation rentals within residential areas, from local regulation will cause many problems for our community.

         Without an ability to register and periodically inspect to ensure adherence to State of Florida standards for Fire and Life-Safety our visitors, and their resident neighbors are at risk.

         Without an identified, responsible agent/owner of record for contact to assist law and/or code enforcement, we cannot effectively resolve problems that arise.

I am not against vacation rentals in my city, but please let my local government control their use and placement so as not to disrupt our residential neighborhoods.

I urge you to reject SB188.

Thank you for your understanding and support,


(Your Name Here)







Revised: 4/17/2017 8:49:25 AM