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St. Augustine Commission Continues Work To Regulate Airbnbs

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The St. Augustine City Commission is continuing its efforts to formulate a roadmap regulate Airbnbs and other short-term rental properties.

A citizen’s committee on short-term rentals made recommendations to the commission about what should be included in a new ordinance - measures like property registration, and safety inspections.

The city attorney crafted a proposed law, but Mayor Tracy Upchurch said Monday the items require additional tweaks from the City Commission that will take into account the handling of complaints about noise, excessive amounts of garbage on the street, and parking.

“Particularly in certain neighborhoods in St. Augustine where the streets are much more narrow and all of a sudden now people’s ability to use the street effectively are impaired because of all the cars parked on the street,” said Upchurch.

Occupancy caps and on-site parking requirements are also thorny issues.

The item is scheduled for discussion at this week’s St. Augustine City Commission meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, October 28, at City Hall at 75 King Street.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.

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