Scott tells local officials he’ll ‘look into’ HB 883

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with some Anna Maria Island, county and state officials for breakfast Oct. 28 in Bradenton, to hear about vacation rental problems and for island officials to seek his support.

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she and the other elected officials “talked with him about the problems of some weekend vacation renters and that because of HB 883, the local governments have no more control over vacation properties in residential neighborhoods.”

The mayor said Scott’s basic comment was “I’ll look into it.”

“It was a nice meeting, but not much was decided,” she added.

SueLynn said the Republican governor told the breakfast group, including Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy and Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti that he wanted input from the House and Senate on the issue.

Scott signed HB 883 into law July 1, 2011.

The bill allows a property owner in Florida to rent his or her home unless restricted by prior local legislation, that which was enacted before the law went into effect.

Local rules on rentals were grandfathered under the statute, but county and municipal governments are now limited in passing or altering restrictions regarding rental properties in residential areas.

While problem rentals have subsided with enactment of “best rental practices” by property managers in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, the cities continue to lobby for repeal.

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