VRMA staff is continuing to engage on this legislation.
Florida's Senate has passed a bill regulating short-term rentals (STRs). State Sen. Nick DiCeglie, who sponsored the bill, thinks the bill will give local governments tools to police problem rentals. “It’s not perfect," he admitted. "Nothing up here we do is perfect. We all recognize that.” The measure requires a short-term rental’s owner to register the unit with both the state and local government, if applicable. It would also create a process of penalizing and suspending any STR owners whose renters repeatedly violate a local government’s ordinances. The measure has its opponents. “What tools [is the bill] giving us?” Mayor Cookie Kennedy asked in an interview after the vote. “Because we feel like they’re taking away our tools.” Kennedy and other coastal leaders have been fighting the bill and arguing that it will actually restrict a local government’s ability to regulate problem rentals.
ABC Action News (FL) (04/27/23) Chad Mills