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Lynn Smith, Capistrano Beach
There have been several well-written letters to the editor (i.e. Toni Nelson, Sharon Marshall, Barbara Wilson) that do a great job of painting the picture from all angles concerning what the big changes to our beach community would look like if short-term rentals are allowed to run over our community and turn over control of such to the California Coastal Commission.
Letters on the other side of the debate, including the one penned by Peggy Verkest, says she is offended by the long-term rental opponent’s letters and calls them “scare tactics.” She asks that people think “logically” about the short-term renters, they would never party in the rented house. I believe everyone that wants short-term rentals should think realistically about the pending major problem with allowing short-term rentals. Most other cities are banning the practice entirely.
My neighbor in Capo Beach told me this story: a renter in a complex, a few doors down from his house, started renting out the apartment she rents to vacationers without the permission of her landlord. She was told to “cease and desist” but did it another time anyway. This incident shows the major problems with a free-for-all short-term rental policy that will be impossible to monitor or control by our city’s “one man cyber police” employee. That employees’ salary is costly enough, not to mention the cost to hire more people to do an impossible job.
I bought my house in Capistrano Beach in 1976 and rented here for five years before that. I do not expect to have to defend our community’s character from a few (the City Council) who want to open our city to short-term rental regardless of what is going on in most all cities surrounding us, and regardless of what most residents of Dana Point want. It should not be a battle to get responsible governing for our city.
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