On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously voted in an unnecessary and overreaching new permit process for vacation rentals without regard to the impact on the local economy. The passing of this new process was irresponsible by the current City Council who proceeded with a highly controversial ordinance without doing a study to fully understand the impacts this would have on tourism and the local economy. Had the City Council simply enforced their existing ordinance regarding noise, trash, and nuisance issues, the majority of the problems with vacation rentals would have gone away. The new permit process was a knee jerk reaction, and not needed. The Council was repeatedly asked to table the new permit process for at least a year, and simply enforce the existing ordinance, to see if there would be necessary changes at that time. But instead proceeded with their own agenda, ignoring a large portion of their voting constituents. The argument by some Council members that impact on the economy would be minimal is completely inaccurate. I have personally just lost a home sale, today, due to this onerous unnecessary ordinance and the concerns it has brought for a potential buyer/investor in our town. How's that for no effect on the economy and tourism?
Michelle Keck over 2 years ago