Marco Island’s proposed short-term rental ordinance goes to trial

A group of Marco Island vacation rental and business owners filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop a referendum on the Aug. 23 ballot or seek compensation for potential damages if the new rule is passed.

Residents will be asked to vote for or against a vacation rental registration, but plaintiffs say it will end short-term rentals on the island.

“It’s misleading to voters,” said attorney David Di Pietro of Di Pietro Partners in Fort Lauderdale.

Di Pietro says there are a plethora of things wrong with the order, and even Marco Island City Attorney Alan Gabriel outlined in a memorandum 19 items that could be legally challenged.

“The 19 things described; this as essentially a roadmap for the trial,” Di Pietro explained.

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