Two weeks ago I flew to Tallahassee to fight for Miami Beach. I stood with 20 other cities and 3 counties, and NONE of us were allowed to speak to the Senate Committee to represent residents' interests!
Now we all need to
BEFORE THURSDAY 2/22 to have our voices heard!
State legislators are trying to preempt our ability to regulate transient vacation rentals in Miami Beach.
They refuse to hear that every city is different, and while Miami Beach is a global destination, we are very much a residential community with neighborhoods that need protecting from commercialization!
- While the TV ads of home sharing web hosts depict happy neighbors supplementing modest incomes, this is simply not the Miami Beach profile.
- Noise, litter, sanitation, destruction of property and trespass are just a few of the violations occurring regularly.
- Homes are being purchased by out of state and foreign investment groups and operating as hotels and hostels right in the middle of our residential neighborhoods.
- Fire safety, building code and other regulations are being side stepped.
Since I was elected two years ago, home sharing nightmares have been a constant complaint from
, Only since our 2016 municipal law changes (including higher fines and a shift in burden of proof) have predatory property owners, turning residences into hotels and hostels, begun to curtail their abusive operating practices.
Think Miami Beach is protected from preemption?
We are not!
The amended Senate Bill 1400 and House Bill 773 by Senator Steube and Representative La Rosa respectively preempts local governments to regulate short term rentals as they deem most beneficial to their municipalities, and grandfathers local ordinances adopted on or before June 1,
BEFORE WE HAD PROPER FINE SCHEDULES
and other 2016 controls that have been working!
How bad can it get? A representative from
Holmes Beach, Florida
testified that more than half of their homes have been converted to rental properties. Year-round residents are what keep our Miami Beach community intact, keep our schools performing well and help small businesses thrive.
House Bill 773 an
d Senate Bill 1400 are being heard this Thursday. We must be proactive and work together to make sure we are heard loud and clear in Tallahassee!
Please read on to learn how you can join in on the fight by reaching out to your legislators NOW!
Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán