By Andrea Swayne
The Dana Point Civic Association Board of Directors has announced that this month’s Coffee Chat topic will be the issue of short-term vacation rentals in the city’s residential neighborhoods and whether they should be banned outright or allowed with regulations.
No city code or ordinance explicitly banning the practice in Dana Point exists, but the long-standing opinion of City Council has been that since they are not specifically prohibited, neither are they permitted.
On November 20 the City Council voted to direct staff to formulate a draft ordinance that could regulate and tax short-term vacation rentals.
The January Coffee Chat will be held Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern in the Dana Point Harbor.
Assistant City Manager Mike Killebrew will be on hand to provide background on the subject.
The meeting will be moderated by Dana Point Civic Association President and Coffee Importers owner Jim Miller and comments and questions from the audience will be welcomed.
The Civic Association hosts Coffee Chat on the third Friday of each month. Guest speakers and discussion topics vary to include issues and items of interest to Dana Point residents.
The event is always free, open to the public and complimentary coffee is served, courtesy of Coffee Importers.
The draft ordinance will be presented at a future City Council meeting to be further tailored, should council members choose to continue moving toward regulation rather than an outright ban, said City Manager Doug Chotkevys.
FIND OUT MORE: For more information, contact Miller at 949.395.7774.