We lost longtime residents who had been renting in our neighborhood because of thoughtless short-term rental (STR) neighbors on a very small cul-de-sac — which wasn’t designed for six extra vehicles. The owners advertised, "You and your five friends can bring your guitars and sit out by the fire under the stars/moonlight."
The surgeon and his young family had finally found and bought their dream home, not knowing the next-door neighbors were planning to start this STR next to their bedroom windows. They were forced out by the noise and the need for a stable neighborhood for their young family. Lincoln County lost another medical professional.
Newport realized the problems with STRs and made restrictions for them. The county should do the same thing.
Absentee STR owners only care about the almighty dollar, not being thoughtful neighbors.
I'm a long-time Lincoln County business owner, and over the years our clients have supported the existing local hotels, motels, resorts and restaurants, all of which also need year-round support to keep their employees on the payroll.
Vote yes on Measure 21-203