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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Anna Maria to discuss rental limits

There may be a few too many "one-night stands" in Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn says it's time the city commission consider setting a minimum stay requirement for rental properties in the single-family residental (R-1) and medium-density residential (R-2) zones, excluding motels already in those districts.

"In recent months, I've been approached by several residents expressing concern that (residential units) in their neighborhoods are being rented for two-night weekends, and in some cases, for only one night," said the mayor.

These short-term rentals turn into "revolving door traffic," and frequently turn into "tiki parties for a large number of young adults."

Taking a page from Holmes Beach, which recently enacted an ordinance requiring a one-week minimum stay at residential properties in its R-1 and R-2 zones, SueLynn said the commission needs to seriously look at this issue "in order to preserve a residential quality of life in our community. Given the circumstances, short-term stays within our city could increase in the coming months," she concluded.

Commission Chairperson John Quam said he would place the issue on a future commission workshop agenda.