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A crew of summer beach-goers head back to their vacation rental on... (Dan Coyro/Sentinel file )

SANTA CRUZ - The county's get-tough approach to formerly unlicensed vacation rental owners may land some of them in criminal court.
With a flood of new vacation rentals seeking an official stamp of approval under a controversial new law, the county could see more than $1 million annually in new revenues once the county treasurer's calculators finish adding up the numbers.
The county is also taking a hard line on those who could owe back taxes.
But it is taking an even harder line with the roughly two-dozen rental owners who have advertised to customers that they collect transient-occupancy taxes, but for whom the county has no record of them ever having paid.
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