Anna Maria commissioners at their Jan. 12 work session could begin discussion of vacation rental problems if Commission Chair Chuck Webb approves the agenda. The issue was on the draft agenda compiled by staff and Mayor Mike Selby that was sent to Webb Jan. 6 for approval.
The planning and zoning board was slated to discuss vacation rental issues at its Jan. 10 meeting and then present any recommendations to the city commission Jan. 12.
P&Z chair Sandy Mattick called for discussions after a variance was granted for a resident to build an 8-foot-high fence to limit noise from an adjacent rental property.
Mattick also noted it was a growing problem and should be addressed. The city’s permanent population has been in decline in recent years, while the number of vacation rental properties has increased.
Any issue related to vacation rentals would be on the table, said Mattick, including trash left on the curb before a collection date, trash bins left curbside for several days after a collection, parking spaces required for rental properties and the noise issue.
Anna Maria would appear to be following in the footsteps of its sister city — Holmes Beach — where that commission recently began tackling the vacation rental issue, particularly construction of large duplexes that can house several vacationing families at one time.
But new duplex construction won’t be an issue in Anna Maria. Existing duplexes in the city are grandfathered for use, and the Residential-Two zone for duplexes was abolished in the 2007 comprehensive plan.
Anna Maria has no zoning restrictions that would prohibit one-night stays in the city, and there is no restriction on the number of bedrooms for a single-family home, according to building official Bob Welch.