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Last week’s coverage of the city council’s approval of an amendment to the city’s code for short-term rentals underscores the divisive nature of the topic. Overwhelmingly, Dana Point resident input has been consistent on the subject of short-term rentals: “Not on my street!” For Mayor Federico to voice support for short-term rentals citing the Coastal Commission “guarantees access to the coast for all Californians” is ignorant and illogical.  The two subjects are totally unrelated. To wrap Coastal Commission mandates for coastal access around why the city needs to promote short-term rentals is laughable.  I favor approving short-term rental permits wherever all property-adjacent homeowners sign agreement to the use of a home as a short-term rental business on an annual basis, and only in homes that are not bound by CC&R’s or community rules and regulations prohibiting them. We’ve got plenty of coastal access.

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