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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

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Clearwater Beach condominium owners are facing off with their homeowner’s association over short-term rentals, with accusations against five owners of using deception to dodge a 14-day minimum-lease rule. Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president. A Massachusetts resident, Joseph and Nancy Joyce are listed as nonresident co-owners of a unit. Owners of five condos at the Club —…

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Split delegation gives Redington Beach chance to regulate short-term rentals

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Members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation voted 6-4 Tuesday to pass a local bill that would give Redington Beach a chance to regulate short-term rentals. The bill, if passed by the Legislature, would give the town a chance to cure a mistake that was made in 2008 when town officials adopted a rule against short-term rentals. Although the council approved the ordinance, they did not give voters a chance to endorse the rule during a referendum. A referendum is required…

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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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Former Redington Shores Mayor sues city over short-term rental law

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A past mayor of Redington Shores and several other property owners are suing the city over what they claim is an unconstitutional town law regulating short-term rentals. The ordinance in question prohibits properties to be rented for less than a month throughout the town. Former Redington Shores Mayor Jay Beyrouti claims to have been renting his property on a short-term basis for the past 10 years. Other property owners in the suit have also rented short-term since 1982. They haven’t…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation hears from frustrated beach mayor, homeowners

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Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons and four of his constituents came to ask members of Pinellas’ Legislative Delegation to help municipalities that want to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. Delegations members heard their pain and frustration and made a move toward helping Redington Beach and a similar problem in Indian Rocks Beach. But they showed no interest in working to loosen restrictions on municipalities and counties that want the power to regulate those type rentals. “I want to see this problem…

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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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Beach mayors want to end law preventing cities from restrictring short-term rentals

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Saying the law violates home rule, a coalition of beach mayors passed a resolution Wednesday asking the state Legislature to repeal a statute that limits their ability to regulate short-term rentals. The Legislature is trying to cater to the short-term rental lobbyists, North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen said. “They forget that they represent the people,” Queen said. “That’s the huge issue right there.” Short-term rentals have become a booming business in recent years. Companies like Airbnb list private homes…

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