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Redington Beach may be able to regulate short-term rentals under proposed local bill

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In 2008, Redington Beach passed an ordinance banning short-term rentals. But last year, they discovered that the ordinance was not enforceable because it had never gone to the voters as required by the Town Charter. That left officials with no way to handle two short-term rentals that left neighbors complaining. But members of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation may come to the rescue. Under a local bill proposed by state Rep. Kathleen Peters and state Sen. Darryl Rouson, the ordinance…

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Jennifer Webb vows to help angry, frustrated homeowners in Redington Beach

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Jennifer Webb promised that, if elected, she would file a bill to overturn a state law that prohibits cities from restricting short-term rentals. Webb did not stop on that one issue. If elected, Webb said, she would work to restore home rule, the power of a municipality to regulate issues within their borders. Many municipalities have complained in recent years that laws passed by the Florida Legislature have eroded the concept of home rule by restricting cities’ legislative powers. “It…

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Activists’ attorney: Madeira Beach developments votes were invalid

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The city of Madeira Beach and developers are proceeding at their “own risk” if they take any steps to start redeveloping two parcels of land, according to an attorney who represents a group opposing the projects. The reason: Last week’s votes to allow construction to proceed were invalid because activists had submitted petitions asking for a referendum on an ordinance that initially cleared the way for the proposals. The city charter requires that officials suspend action under a disputed ordinance…

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