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Florida Realtors legislative recap shows what successful Session looks like

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Florida Realtors really want you to know what a successful Legislative Session looks like. To celebrate the close of a “triumphant” 2017 Session – including passage of the state’s $82.4 billion budget – Florida Realtors released a recap of its major victories, bills and budgetary items of interest to real estate professionals statewide. Florida Realtors 2017 president Maria Wells says: “Your investment in the Florida Realtors PAC ensured Realtor-friendly legislators were elected. During committee weeks and session, you made your…

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Greg Steube called out by hometown paper for vacation rental bill

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Republican Rep. Greg Steube was called out in an op-ed in his hometown paper, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, for his sponsorship of a bill that would preempt local governments when it comes to vacation rentals. Steube’s bill, SB 188, would prohibit local laws enacted after a certain June 1, 2011, from barring or regulating vacation rentals, such as those found through online booking sites such as AirBnB. Steube said the matter “boils down to a property right,” and that his…

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Vacation rental deregulation bill passes House committee

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A bill that would roll back all local ordinances and regulations of vacation rental houses to 2011 codes got a split-vote approval Tuesday from the House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee. The issue was fashioned as one pitting property rights — those of people or companies that buy houses and convert them into short-term vacation rental properties, versus those of neighbors who don’t like having small hotels pop up in their neighborhoods. Senate Bill 425, presented by state Rep. Mike…

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Poll: 93% of Floridians believe travelers should be allowed to rent accommodations other than hotels

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Floridians are showing their love for vacation rentals. A new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research showed 93 percent of Floridians believed travelers should be allowed to rent accommodations other than hotels, like vacation rentals; a sign lawmakers could face opposition if they try to restrict the rights of homeowners to offer vacation rentals. The Jacksonville-based polling firm conducted the poll of 635 registered Florida voters by phone from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. The survey, which was first reported…

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Bills would restrict local regulation of vacation rentals

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Proposals from state Rep. Mike La Rosa and state Sen. Greg Steube would restrict how local governments may regulate vacation rentals, a move that could help preserve that market for the rapidly-expanding Airbnb phenomenon and similar home-sharing services. On Tuesday La Rosa introduced House Bill 425. Like Steube’s Senate Bill 188, introduced earlier, it would prevent cities, towns and counties from adopting local laws, ordinances and regulations of vacation rentals, leaving their oversight largely to the state. Both La Rosa’s…

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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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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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