Governor vetoes bill that would prevent municipalities from enforcing vacation rental ordinances

* On June 30, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill (SB 280) that would have limited local government’s power to regulate short-term rental properties, citing it as creating unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.
* The City of Jacksonville Beach, along with several other Florida coastal communities, had strongly opposed this bill as it would restrict local control over their communities’ safety and issues.
* Jacksonville Beach Vice Mayor Sandy Golding expressed the need for local control in addressing community issues, pointing out that state-level actions usually take a longer time to implement.
* A significant concern for the City of Jacksonville Beach is the growing issue of gangs using short-term rental properties to carry out illegal activities, including drugs and gun possession.
* Vice Mayor Golding highlights the recent incidents where three men were arrested on drug possession charges and another instance of two men detained at short-term rentals connected to a gang in the same weekend.
* Though the veto was a victory for Jacksonville Beach, the city still struggles to hold short-term rental owners accountable for problematic rentals. The state’s preemption policy does not allow local officials to suspend troubling rentals until the issues have been addressed.
* Golding hoped for a more active role of local voices in future legislation, particularly with regards to vacation rentals, urging the legislature not to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach in dealing with the matter.
* Action News Jax continues to monitor the situation and encourage citizens to stay informed through their live news and weather apps, as well as the Action News Jax Now app on smart TVs.

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