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February 16, 12:30-3pm

Outcome: LOSS
Senators voted 6-3 to Proceed

The Regulated Industries Committee Meeting was the first of 3 chances to kill or amend SB 522 before it goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

The effect of this bill on our neighborhoods is being seriously understated by the sponsors. These bills are very similar to the ones defeated in 2017, 18, 19 and 20, but is being advertised as having little effect. Senators need to hear from us about the devastating effect Daily Vacation Rentals will have on our communities!

Click here to watch the meeting video at The Florida Channel website. Agenda item starts at 51:56.

Regulated Industries

This Committee voted on February 16, 2021 to let SB 522 proceed. They will each have a vote if the bill makes it to the Senate floor, so please continue to contact them!

Please contact all of the following representatives and ask them to oppose SB 522. You can find contact information when you roll over each image and sample emails at the bottom of this page. Courteous and personalized communication is usually most effective. If you are short on time, you can email all of the members with one email by using the buttons at bottom of this page.

If your district’s representative is listed on this page, please send them a personalized email and tell them early in your email that you live in their district! Emails from constituents are less likely to be ignored. Please remember to include your home address at the end of your email, to ensure it is counted. We are seeing Airbnb forums urging people to contact our reps from all over the US in support of this bill - we need our reps to know their own constituents oppose it. Thank you!

Travis Hutson (R)

Regulated Industries Committee, Chair | District 7 | St. Johns, Flagler, and part of Volusia County

Committee #1 Vote: YES
Committee #2 Vote: YES

Lauren Book (D)

Regulated Industries Committee, Vice Chair | District 32 | Part of Broward County

Committee #1 Vote: NO
Committee #2 Vote: NO

Ben Albritton (R)

District 26 | DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee Counties and parts of Charlotte, Lee, Polk Counties

Committee #1 Vote: YES
Committee #2 Vote: YES

Joe Gruters (R)

District 23 | Sarasota County and part of Charlotte County

Committee #1 Vote: YES

Ed Hooper (R)

District 16 | Parts of Pasco, Pinellas Counties

Committee #1 Vote: NO
Committee #2 Vote: YES

Kathleen Passidomo (R)

Rules Committee, Chair | District 28 | Collier, Hendry Counties and part of Lee County

Committee #1 Vote: YES
Committee #2 Vote: YES

Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R)

District 27 | Part of Lee county

Committee #1 Vote: YES

Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)

District 19 | Parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas Counties

Committee #1 Vote: YES
Committee #2 Vote: YES

Linda Stewart (D)

District 13 | Part of Orange County

Committee #1 Vote: NO
Committee #2 Vote: NO

Use the

if you want to email the entire Committee in one email.

Individual and personalized emails receive a better response. But if you’re short on time, you can use the button! Please edit the sample email as you see fit. Be sure to add your name and home address at the bottom, to ensure your email is counted! We appreciate your time and effort!

All Other Users

We are community volunteers, so if for any reason these buttons aren’t working, please click on each Senator above to find their contact information. Thank you!

Sample Emails

Here are some email examples – please use them as a guide and edit as you see fit! Personalized communication is the most effective. Concise emails about how Daily Vacation Rentals will impact your property, your family, and your neighborhood or community may have the greatest impact. Thank you for your time – together we can make an impact!

SAMPLE EMAIL 1

Please vote against any further consideration of Senate Bill 522. If passed, this would allow out-of-state investors to convert Florida’s residential neighborhoods to commercial tourist areas. As a residential property owner, this bill threatens my property rights by endangering the peaceful enjoyment of my property.

The proponents of this bill say that local governments are overregulating and unfairly targeting vacation rentals. I just don’t think this is true for my community. The Florida DBPR has been highly ineffective at regulating and enforcing Vacation Rental licensing. Putting DBPR in charge of Vacation Rentals, instead of my local government, is not an effective way to protect my community.

I am not against vacation rentals in my city, but please let my local government determine reasonable regulations to protect the quiet residential neighborhoods where Florida’s taxpaying constituents live. Vacation rentals are not residences. They are businesses. Please return home rule to local government.

SAMPLE EMAIL 2

Please oppose SB 522.

As a parent, I am concerned about the safety of my children if this bill passes. We bought our home in a quiet residential neighborhood so our kids could enjoy playing outside and walking to school with their friends. If short-term Vacation Rentals move into my neighborhood, it means strangers will be staying in the houses around us, maybe even the house next door.

We know and trust our neighbors. If investors start buying up my neighbor’s homes as Vacation Rentals, our way of life will change completely. I won’t be able to let my kids play outside or walk to school without constant adult supervision. What about my property rights? This bill will change the very fabric of our neighborhood and the entire reason we moved here. Worse yet, where will we move, if this bill affects neighborhoods statewide?

Tourism is important to Florida’s economy. But so are taxpaying residents. There are already plenty of options for tourists to stay in my area. Tourists and Vacation Rental corporations shouldn’t be allowed to take over the residential areas of the people who work, vote, and pay taxes to support our state’s tourism industry.

Please vote no on SB 522. My property rights, my children’s future, and our state’s future depends on it. Thank you.

SAMPLE EMAIL 3

Please oppose SB 522.

Vacation Rentals are businesses, not residences. I believe Vacation Rentals should be treated just like every other business in our state. SB 522 creates a “special class” of businesses for Vacation Rentals by exempting them from regulation by local governments. SB 522 also says Vacation Rentals must be treated the same as long-term rentals or owner-occupied homes. This creates many unforeseen problems.

If someone hosts a birthday party at their home, there may be 10 cars parked outside once a year for a few hours at a time. A Vacation Rental located nextdoor to that home may have 10 cars parked on the street every single day. This bill takes away the ability of local governments to make a distinction. 10 cars parked on the street are either always allowed or never allowed.

Are Vacation Rentals a special class of business, regulated but not subject to regular inspections (or meaningful enforcement) by the state? Or should Vacation Rentals be treated the same as a residence? As the bill’s sponsor says, he’s “threading a needle.” But you can’t have things both ways.

Most Floridians would object to having a “special class” of business move into the home next door. And most Floridians would object to having a loud and disruptive Vacation Rental business on their street subject to the same local regulations as their own residence.

Please protect the home rule authority granted by our state constitution and oppose SB 522. Counties, cities and communities need local regulations to protect everything we all love about Florida. This bill will have disastrous consequences for our state and its taxpaying residents. Thank you.

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