Thursday, July 19, 2012

City Council Member Threatened with Fines for Operating a VR in Vero Beach

Vero Beach, Florida laws don't explicitly prohibit operating a vacation rental home, but some city officials are acting as if VRs are banned anyways.  The complication is that a City Council member and her husband own a vacation rental in the town.  And her husband is a member of the city's Code Enforcement board.

Most cities are prohibited by Florida state law from writing local restrictions for vacation rentals, but Vero Beach is grandfathered in and can still attempt to implement the restrictions.

Read more here...

Doug Coates


  1. "Most cities are prohibited by Florida state law from writing local restrictions for vacation rentals, "
    Not true. What you are referring to is a recently passed restriction by the state on counties banning VRs, not municipalities.
    The town of Vero Beach is free to restrict transient rental usage in it's residential neighborhoods if it chooses to do so.

  2. Thanks for your information. Can you tell me what it is based on?

    My contention that "cities are prohibited" is based on paragraph of the law which sstates "A local law, ordinance, or regulation may not restrict the use of vacation rentals, prohibit vacation rentals, or regulate vacation rentals based solely on their classification, use, or occupancy.""

    To me, the words "local law" would include towns and cities, like Vero Beach.

    More detail on this law, including legislative summaries and the actual bill, is published on this blog at:

    If you have a different interpretation or additional information that I don't have here on the blog, I would like to know more.

    Either way, Vero Beach is grandfathered in and has some latitude to pass local laws that other areas of Florida are prohibited from passing.


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