Florida State Senator Debbie Mayfield represents District 17, which includes Indian River County.
Where does Senator Mayfield stand on Florida Senator Greg Steube’s Senate Bill 1400 which creates the “Florida Vacation Rental Act,” preempting the regulation of vacation rentals to the state.
Locally, as proposed, SB 1400 would override Vero Beach and Indian River County’s short-term rental codes.
This means Vero Beach, which has a 30 day rental ordinance, would be subject to regulation and control of vacation rentals by the state, allowing short-term rentals.
On February 11, 2018 State Senator Debbie Mayfield, in her “Mayfield Minute,” addressed the threat of short-term rentals, which she had not addressed in her three prior editions.
In it, she indicated “the bill allows local governments to regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental.”
The Bill DOES NOT allow “local governments to regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental.”
The Bill preempts the regulation of vacation rentals to the state.
Thus there is a contradiction in her “Mayfield Minute,” because while Senator Mayfield wrote that “the bill allows local governments to regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental,” which it does not, she supports “giving our local communities the ability to regulate vacation rentals so that they may tailor regulations based on the needs of the community.”
On February 5, 2018, we emailed Senator Mayfield for her position on Senator Steube’s Bill 1400:
Dear Senator Mayfield:
We have been keeping an eye on Senator Steube’s Bill 1400 wherein the State of Florida would be “…preempting certain regulation and control of vacation rentals to the state.” This threatens the enjoyment of real property by a tenant or landowner.
There are also issues where the platforms of sites like like Airbnb are being leveraged and misused to facilitate wider money laundering operations.
We have been pleased with your opposition to this bill, as you expressed at the South Beach Property Owner’s Speaker Forum. And we were under the impression you were going to file an amendment supporting your opposition.
However, at the Senate Committee meeting on January 30 we only recognized two people from Indian River County and you. Not a loud voice. And you didn’t speak up as we had hoped.
And then to think the Division of Hotels and Restaurants is required to “inspect vacation rentals when necessary to respond to emergencies and epidemiological conditions, etc.”
Are they going to have people out on the streets responding to complaints about noise, parking, septic overuse etc.? Local law enforcement may be “asked for assistance,” but will not, as I understand, be first responders.
In summary, we are writing to get your position on Steube Bill 1400 and the subject matter in general.
Thank you for the opportunity to address this and we would be pleased to hear from you.
As yet we have had no reply from Senator Mayfield. Please, Senator Mayfield, let us know where you stand on this important issue?
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