Support SB 188-Property rights are advanced when owners have the freedom to rent out their property as they so choose
Many property owners in Florida generate extra income by renting their homes to tourist vacationing in Florida. These types of rentals also help Florida’s tourism by allowing families to save money by staying together in a home instead of multiple hotel rooms.
This flexibility promotes more tourism, which produces $67 billion in economic activity every year.
SB 188 prevents local governments from passing new regulations on vacation rentals based solely on their classification, while not affecting local homeowners’ associations and neighborhoods that have adopted their own covenants, declarations, or bylaws.
Local governments have exploited current rental laws with excessive fines, penalties and fees. SB 188 will safeguard property owners from overreaching local governments with state-wide standards that protect property rights.
Support SB 1770: End the Slush Funds for Politicians
Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are charged with helping blighted neighborhoods. While the mission of a CRA is billed as anti-poverty measures, CRAs have been used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are no longer being used for anti-poverty measures, but are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.
In 2016, a Miami-Dade County Grand Jury reported several abuses of a local CRA. Among the report’s findings they noted elected leaders rarely appoint civilians to boards so that, instead, elected leaders themselves can be in charge of the money. The report showed several examples of CRA boards spending large amounts of taxpayer dollars on what appeared to be pet projects of the elected officials.
SB 1770 will place tighter restrictions on CRAs and begin a phase out period for current CRAs.
SB 188 and SB 1770 will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday April 3rd, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Call and e-mail the members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee and tell them to support SB 188 to protect our property rights and support SB 1770 to end the abuse of Community Redevelopment Areas.