One of the major topics of debate around Lincoln County over the past few years has been that of short-term rentals (STRs) and how to balance the economic boon this industry brings to the county with the rights of full-time residents.

As we all know, tourism plays a huge role in the economic wellbeing of this county, and STRs provide visitors to our area with many options for places to stay, other than in a traditional hotel or motel. However, unlike those hotels and motels, STRs are often located in residential areas, right next to homes where people live year round. And therein lies the rub. How do we reconcile the right of full-time residents to be able to enjoy their homes in peace and privacy, versus upholding the right of owners and companies to make money by renting out their coastal properties on a nightly basis?

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