In your July 24 issue of Beach & Bay Press, Councilmember Campbell’s proposal regarding short-term vacation rentals was outlined. While it has some positive points and I applaud any effort to regulate this illegal business activity, her proposal falls short and would legitimize mini-hotels in the very district that she was elected to represent.
On the surface, the attraction is that rentals would be reduced from about 16,000 to 3,750, excluding Mission Beach, which would have an additional 1,086. I can’t guess at what was discussed with Expedia, but her proposal appears naive, at best. Expedia is going to do what is best for its business.
Given that some form of regulation is likely coming with a new administration, wouldn’t it be smart to give up some of the less lucrative properties and focus on those that bring in the most money? Perhaps I don’t fully understand how the proposal would work, but wouldn’t that be those along the coast? The very communities that Councilmember Campbell is representing?
There may be more to the discussions that have been made public, but having a large number of home rentals in these communities seems at first glance to not be in our best interest, especially in single-family neighborhoods. What is she doing to protect our neighborhoods?