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Showdown in Miami: Airbnb sues over vacation rental home ban

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Airbnb and five of its clients filed suit against the city of Miami Friday over a controversial move the city made last month to ban vacation rental homes in residential districts. At issue is whether and how cities can regulate vacation rental homes, a rapidly increasing part of the lodging industry in which homeowners turn their spare bedrooms or whole houses into short-term rentals to accommodate tourists and other visitors who prefer homes to hotels. The Florida Legislature essentially prohibited…

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Of lone votes, outliers and powdered booze

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When you are the lone vote on a bill, whether you like it or not, you are going to get noticed. And when you stand out like that, it’s probably a good strategy to get noticed in the right way. That’s why yesterday’s lone vote by state Rep. Greg Steube against the ban on powdered alcohol was more than a little odd. “We’re banning something that we don’t even know what it is.” Say what? For the record, we do know what it is. In fact, we know exactly what…

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FFBP video calls for common sense, convenience in repealing alcohol separation law

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Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) released a new video today arguing two reasons Florida should repeal its “outdated” Prohibition-era separation laws: convenience and common sense. “Convenience” is the second in a series of FFBP digital ads now available on YouTube. Florida is one of the 20 states with a separation law between liquor stores and other retailers; other states allow ‘co-mingling” of product, offering convenience to customers and less regulation for businesses. “For me as a mom, it’s the…

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