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Vacation rental ordinance: Reducing noise and parking issues in Destin

Vacation rental ordinance: Reducing noise and parking issues in Destin

The city of Destin will take another step in getting a handle of short-term rental housing. An ordinance will put some restrictions on owners while clearing up the problems for residents.

Busy roads and packed beaches are sure signs that the 100 days of summer is in full swing, but the accompanying excitement often spills into residential neighborhoods with short-term housing.

Units are becoming a thorn in the side of those who call the city home. It’s why the cited formed a taskforce in 2017 that came up with recommendations.

The changes created accountability for owners or landlords. Each rental will now be identified with a sticker. A person responsible and their number will be visibly posted at each unit just in case there’s a problem.

It’s an issue people have plenty to say about.

The taskforce had other recommendations, but only those agreed by the council unanimously made it in the revised ordinance.

After the final reading on Monday night, the ordinance becomes law immediately.

Owners who fail to register their property with the city will be subjected to fines and code enforcement action.

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