Links to Relevant Information

1

City of Sarasota REVISED Vacation Rental Ordinance

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This is the link to the REVISED Vacation Rental Ordinance, and an explanatory memo from the City Attorney, prepared for the April 6, 2021 City Commission meeting.

2

City of Sarasota FIRST DRAFT Vacation Rental Ordinance

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This is the link to the DRAFT Vacation Rental Ordinance, and the introductory and explanatory memo from the City Attorney, as presented to the City Commission on February 2, 2021.

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City of Sarasota Commissioner's Corner Video about Hotel Houses

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Link to a 30-minute "Commissioner's Corner" video about the Hotel House problem featuring representatives from the St. Armands Residents Association, the Lido Key Residents Association Hotel House Committee, and the ArmaLido Thinks Local group.  Thank you to Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch for producing this video and leading this discussion.  Video published January 2021.

4

Sarasota City Commission Meetings dealing with Vacation Rentals 

January 21, 2020

  • Residents first present Hotel House problem to City Commission; Commissioners vote 4-1 to instruct City Attorney to research the problem and come back to them with recommendations

  • Link to video:  CLICK HERE

  • Fast-forward to 6:58:30 and continue watching after the initial presentation and discussion to view citizen input

September 21, 2020

  • After a long delay due to the Covid crisis, the City Attorney presents his recommendations to the City Commission; Commissioners vote 5-0 to instruct the City Attorney to codify his recommendations into an ordinance

  • Link to video:  CLICK HERE

  • Hotel House Issue starts at:  1:09:45  (fast forward to one hour, nine minutes, and 45 seconds)

  • Resident input starts at:  1:55:15 (fast forward to 1 hour, 55 minutes, 15 seconds)

 

February 2, 2021

  • City Attorney presents the Vacation Rental Ordinance to the City Commission; only Commissioners Liz Alpert and Jen Ahearn-Koch are willing to move it forward to a second reading

  • Unfortunately, Commissioners Hagen Brody, Erik Arroyo and Kyle Battie vote to continue the first reading to a March or April Commission meeting, further delaying the relief that residents have been asking for (for well over a year) and which they desperately need.

  • Link to video:  CLICK HERE

  • City Attorney's introduction starts at 37:00 (fast forward to 37 minutes, 0 seconds)

  • Citizen input starts at 1:02:50 (fast forward to 1 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds)

  • City Commission discussion starts at 2:51:00 (fast forward to 2 hours, 51 minutes, 0 seconds)

April 6, 2021

  • City Attorney presents the Revised Vacation Rental Ordinance to the City Commission

  • Ordinance passes 5-0 and advances to a Second Reading scheduled for May 3rd

  • Link to video:  CLICK HERE

  • City Attorney's introduction starts at 43:50 (fast forward to 43 minutes, 50 seconds)

  • Citizen input starts at 1:02:50 (fast forward to 1 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds)

  • City Commission discussion starts at 2:59:45 (fast forward to 2 hours, 59 minutes, 45 seconds)

5

Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) Panel Discussion on Rental Issues

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This video of a monthly meeting of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) is from  February 21, 2020.  It has been split into four separate videos.  The Panel Discussion of Rental Issues begins on the first video at 8:00 (fast forward to 8 minutes, 0 seconds).

6

Home Rule Florida

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"Home Rule" is the idea that the control of vacation rentals should be left to the local municipality and not be pre-empted to the State.  Florida's many counties and cities are unique and a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach is not the best way to regulate vacation rentals.  Further, it is thought that vacation rental lobbying groups are spending big money to get Florida legislators from areas that do not have a vacation rental problem to sponsor new legislation to further strip away the ability of local governments to protect their residents and neighborhoods.

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FL League of Cities Action Center

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The Florida League of Cities supports Home Rule and provides this Legislative Alert webpage to track proposed State legislation that seeks to further strip away the ability of local governments to protect their residents and neighborhoods.  They provide a form with which residents can contact State legislators to show their support for Home Rule and their opposition for these new bills.

8

AirbnbWATCH

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From their website:  Illegal short-term rental listings on Big Tech platforms, such as Airbnb and HomeAway, are fracturing communities across the country – replacing neighbors with strangers, increasing the cost to own or rent a home, and bringing uncontrolled parties and violence into once-peaceful neighborhoods.  Unregulated, ‘illegal hotels’ listed on these Big Tech rental platforms are wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods and must be stopped.

9

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Links to the required FL DBPR business license for vacation rentals:

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Florida State, County and City Taxes

State of Florida:

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax:  

 

Sarasota County Business Tax:  

 

Sarasota County Tangible Personal Property Tax:  

City of Sarasota Local Business Tax:

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Sarasota County Property Appraiser

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Look up information about a property in Sarasota County, Florida.

12

Sunbiz (Florida Division of Corporations)

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Look up information about a business in the State of Florida.

13

Granicus Host Compliance

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From their website:  More than 4,500 government agencies have chosen Granicus to modernize their online services, web presence, and communications strategies. They offer seamless digital solutions that help government actively reach, inform, and engage citizens for a better civic experience. 

 

Granicus' Host Compliance product saves valuable City staff time by automating time-intensive tasks like monitoring vacation rental platforms, collecting and consolidating admissible evidence of non-compliance, and communicating with non-compliant properties..  It is a subscription service that requires no up-front capital investment and the cost would be covered by the City's annual vacation rental registration fee.