New regulations on the way for vacation rentals in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Sarasota city officials have been considering regulations for vacation rentals for some time. It has become a hot topic on the city’s barrier islands.
Lido Key has become a growing destination in recent years. Barrier Island is known for its laid-back atmosphere compared to the hustle and bustle of nearby Siesta Key. However, things are starting to change – and quickly.
The promoters bought and demolished several houses in rue Claude Friedland. After living on the Key for 24 years, she puts her house up for sale. She says her piece of heaven just isn’t the same.
” I digress. I can’t handle it all. It’s not for me. That’s not the reason I bought this house, ”Friedland said.
She accuses the so-called hotel of having diminished her quality of life. Some of the rental properties can accommodate up to 24 people each.
“I really thought my little slice of heaven was going to be the last home in my life, but that won’t happen,” Friedland said.
City leaders unanimously voted on an ordinance that would regulate hotel homes on the city’s barrier islands, but the change came in time for Friedland to change his mind.
The ordinance will limit the number of guests allowed in homes to 10 people in single-family neighborhoods and 12 people in multi-family neighborhoods. It would also require owners to register their properties with the city.
Ultimately, the Commissioners and many residents are happy with the decision.
“The residents feel like they have suffered enough, and let’s make it happen,” said Commissioner Liz Alpert.
8 On Your Side contacted the company that manages the rentals on Lido Key.
“Our goal is always to be good neighbors and members of the community. Our desire is to bring great guests to our area and provide them with a great experience that will ensure they return and support our community for years to come, ”said a spokesperson for Lido Key Vacations.
In terms of regulation, the spokesperson for LKV said they already had several regulations in the draft ordinance in place. “Our company has already imposed many regulations of this ordinance to improve our management program and our customer experience. We believe that regulation, when done properly, can benefit our rapidly growing industry; however, we would prefer that this regulation be managed by the hotels and restaurants division of the DBPR through which we are licensed, ”said the spokesperson.
However, the builders behind the big vacation rentals say they feel like they’re being unfairly targeted. They said they are boosting the local economy by bringing businesses to the area in the form of tourism, supporting the community
The changes will be phased in from January next year.