Residents appreciate that Ventnor Commissioners listened to concerns about short-term rentals over the past 6 months.
But, most were disappointed when they heard the proposed 5 night minimum was reduced to a 3 night rental minimum.
What motivated Ventnor Commissioners to reduce it to three?
Mayor Landgraf: We need to get this adopted now to have any impact this summer. Amending the ordinance again would delay the mercantile license process. It’s a work in progress.
Ventnor Commission Meeting of June 8, 2023.
Rich Gober: I give you all the credit in the world. Still, there is concern about enforcement and illegal airbnb’s. For last 6 months, very admirable that you have been listening.
Bill Sill, President of St Leonard’s Association: Prefer longer minimums. We appreciate the effort. Make this a test summer. Then tweak each year.
Going from zero to five nights does seem extreme. But 7 nights are becoming the norm in many shore towns.
Susan attended her first Commission meeting. She came to Ventnor 11 years ago. 30% of her block is Airbnb. She saw 23 people in one short term rental (STR). 9 bedrooms. 9 baths.
Maybe owner-occupied properties get different treatment? Especially during off season.
Commissioner Mento: 21 may be too young of an age to rent a short term rental. Maybe you need to be at least 25 yrs of age?
Call VCPD to report problems, otherwise city has no record of nuisance homes.
Retired fireman said: you better be ready for all the problems that come with short term rentals.
We are a neighborhood, not a party town. Bigger houses need longer stay requirements.
Keep residential in the resident district.
One STR, short-term rental owner (Kurt) wants no limits. No minimum stay requirements.
Dave: short-term rental owners tend to be more vocal. Actual residents need to be more vocal.
In Northbeach…600 parking spots, with 6000 requests for a parking pass.
Shoulder season of OCT thru MAY. Custom rules?
Maybe limit total number of STR’s one owner can operate in Ventnor?
Ventnor needs more year-round residents. Short Term Rentals (STR) reduce full-time residency. Hurts year-round business environment.
Note: Notification of Ventnor meetings could be improved. Consider having residents subscribe to email blast or RSS feeds.
Newspapers are no longer a viable platform for legal notifications. Social media has limited reach unless city pays to post.