On Tuesday, January 21 at 3:00 p.m., the House Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee will consider HB 1011 ( Fischer ) relating to vacation rentals, also known as   short-term rentals (STRs). 
HB 1011 would do the following:

  • Preempt to the state the regulation of (STRs), including licensure and inspections.
  • Undo any local registration, inspection or licensing requirements specific to STRs adopted since 2014.
  • Any ordinances (noise, parking, trash, etc.), must apply uniformly to all residential properties, regardless of how the property is being used.
  • Further clarify that local regulations cannot prohibit ALL rentals (not just STRs), impose occupancy limits on rental properties, or require inspections or licensing of rentals (specific to STRs)

Please contact Casey Cook at 850.701.3609 with any questions.
HB 1011 Talking Points
  • This is a local zoning issue. Commercial activity in neighborhoods is regulated for a good reason: to protect residents and ensure the right infrastructure is there.

  • The DBPR’s Office of Inspector General 2018 Audit Report found that the agency has struggled to meet its own approved performance standards for lodging inspection measures and will continue to struggle.

  • Everyone’s property rights should be balanced. Unruly behavior and issues with parking and public safety destroy the residential character of our neighborhoods. Our residents suffer while corporations profit. 

  • Short-term rentals are overtaking residential neighborhoods and creating public safety risks. Residents don’t know the people next door. Sex offenders don’t have to register. Neighbors are less likely to confront strangers when problems or nuisances arise.

  • Additionally, rentals are causing a drain on law enforcement services, when issues should be handled by code enforcement instead. Because police are forced to respond to parking and house parties, it means fewer officers focusing on stopping crimes and keeping communities safe.

  • Unregulated short-term rentals make the affordable housing crisis worse. Homes are turned into mini-hotels, which reduces the long-term rentals available and causes a housing shortage for working people.

  • Seven in 10 voters say local rules should govern short-term rentals. Nearly three-fourths want local elected officials in charge.

Local Example of STRs – Here is a video the Cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach produced to highlight why local solutions are necessary. Feel free to share with your legislators.
Please contact members of this subcommittee and urge them to Oppose HB 1011!
Rene Plasencia (R-50), Chair
321.383.5151 (District)
850.717.5050 (Tallahassee)

Jayer Williamson (R-3), Vice Chair
850.995.3698 (District)
850.717.5003 (Tallahassee)

Kamia L. Brown (D-45), Minority Ranking Member
850.717.5045 (Tallahassee)

Loranne Ausley (D-9)
850.717.5009 (District/Tallahassee)

Dan Daley (D-97)
954.845.6005 (District)
850.717.5097 (Tallahassee)

Tracie Davis (D-13)
904.353.2180 (District)
850.717.5013 (Tallahassee)

Chip LaMarca (R-93)
954.784.4531 (District)
850.717.5093 (Tallahassee)

Cindy Polo (D-103)
305.521.8741 (District)
850.717.5103 (Tallahassee)
Spencer Roach (R-79)
239.656.7790 (District)
850.717.5079 (Tallahassee)

Ana Maria Rodriguez (R-105)
786.336.1127 (District)
850.717.5105 (Tallahassee)

Anthony Rodriguez (R-118)
305.252.4352 (District)
850.717.5118 (Tallahassee)

Rick Roth (R-85)
561.625.5176 (District)
850.717.5085 (Tallahassee)

Anthony Sabatini (R-32)
352.989.9100 (District)
850.717.5032 (Tallahassee)

Jason Shoaf (R-7)
850.295.0035 (District)
850.717.5007 (Tallahassee)

Tyler I. Sirois
321.449.5111 (District)
Click here to download a spreadsheet with subcommittee contact information. You can also use the League’s Contact Your Legislators advocacy tool to email your legislators.
Watch Live on The Florida Channel
To watch this committee hearing, please go to https://thefloridachannel.org , click on Live Streams and look for the House Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Keep FLC informed – Let us know what communications you have with your legislators on this issue. Email Allison Payne
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!