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aerial shot of St. Augustine old town
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A long-running dispute over vacation rentals is heating up, as a Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would give the state — not local officials — control over regulation of short-term rentals.

Ignoring the pleas of dozens of local officials from throughout the state, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved the measure (SB 1128) in a 3-2 party-line vote.

Florida House

A contentious Florida House bill that would blanket short-term vacation rentals under statewide regulations rather than leave it up to local government passed a subcommittee earlier this week.

A cleaning lady works at an Airbnb in this 2018 file photo.
Thibault Camus / Associated Press

With state lawmakers preparing to wade into a debate about vacation rental properties, Airbnb, Inc., last month sent $250,000 to a Florida political committee, a newly filed finance report shows.

Jacksonville Short-Term Rental Legislation Withdrawn

Jun 6, 2019
Councilman Love
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council member Jim love requested withdrawal of Ordinance 2019-238, his substitute short term rental bill, in response to constituents’ concerns.

News Service of Florida

Florida took a step Tuesday in imposing economic sanctions on the popular home-sharing platform Airbnb because of a company decision against listing properties in the West Bank, an area that is a major flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

It was standing room only in a City Council conference room Thursday morning, the topic on the table: short-term vacation rental properties.

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Update 4:03 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from Airbnb Florida.

Like the protracted legal and legislative battle over supervising ride-hailing smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft, the Jacksonville City Council is again finding itself in the middle of a regulatory Catch-22 that is costing it tax revenue.