At the April 9 General Membership Meeting, City Manager Christopher Lagerbloom gave us an update on the status of HB 987 “Vacation Rentals” and SB 824 ” Private Property Rights of Homeowners” which are currently being voted on in various committees on their way to becoming law. Both these bills seek to preempt the regulation of vacation rentals to the State and would invalidate Fort Lauderdale’s current vacation rental regulations. Apparently the “property right” to turn a house into a hotel is more important than the “property right” of residents to the peaceful enjoyment of their home and the safety of their families.
CFLCA voted unanimously to oppose both bills. The memo below, addressed to our elected representatives, is being sent to all the members of the relevant committees in Tallahassee
Date: April 10, 2019
Contact: Colleen Lockwood, President CFLCA
To: Representative Chip LaMarca, District 93
Senator Gary M Farmer Jr. District 34
CC: Fort Lauderdale Mayor, City Commission, City Manager,
Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations, Inc. (“CFLCA”)is a coalition primarily of Civic and Homeowner Associations recognized by the City of Fort Lauderdale. The CFLCA maintains a “focus on the issues relating to preservation of the present and future welfare of the City of Fort Lauderdale and its neighborhoods and citizens, be proactive and reactive to those issues, communicate any recommendations to the proper authorities, strive to every improve communication and create a stronger partnership between City Government and the neighborhoods.”
On April 9, 2019 the CFLCA held a General Meeting at the Fort Lauderdale City Hall. Quorum requirements were met. (See List of Civic Associations in Attendance)
SB 824 “Private Property Rights of Homeowners”and HB 987 “Vacation Rentals” were discussed in the company of Fort Lauderdale City Manager Chris Lagerbloom. A question and answer session followed. It would seem that “property rights” of business to turn residential homes into vacation rentals or mini hotels are more important than “property rights” of residents to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes and the safety of their families. Upon close of the discussion and after a vote it was established that The CFLCA unanimously opposes SB 824 Property Rights for Homeowners and HB 987 Vacation Rentals
We urge you to vigorously oppose these bills and protect the ability of local municipalities to enact reasonable regulations for vacation rentals. Let us know as soon as possible what is your position on these bills.
Colleen Lockwood, President CFLCA
Contact Colleen Lockwood
The following twenty-eight (28) neighborhood associations had a representative in attendance when the vote was taken: Bal Harbor HOA, Beverly Heights Association, Inc., Central Beach Alliance, Coral Ridge Homeowners Association, Downtown Fort Lauderdale Civic Association, Harbordale Civic Association, Harbor Inlet Association, Historic Dorsey Riverbend Civic Association, Idlewyld Improvement Association, Imperial Point Association, Lake Ridge Civic Association, Inc., Lauderdale Harbors Improvement Association, Lauderdale Manors HOA, Middle River Terrace Neighborhood Association, Poinsettia Heights Civic Association, Progresso Village Civic Association, Rio Vista Civic Association, Inc., River Gardens/Sweeting Estates HOA, River Oaks Civic Association, Rock Island Community Development, Sailboat Bend Civic Association, Shady Banks Civic Association, South Middle River Civic Association, Sunrise Intracoastal HOA, Tarpon River Civic Association, Victoria Park Civic Association, Melrose Manors and Lauderdale Isles Civic Association. Additionally, representatives for two (2) non-voting members were in attendance: Riverland Preservation Society and Central City Alliance.
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