My name is <name withheld*> and I live in El Paso, TX (Fort Bliss), Seoul, South Korea (Camp Casey) and sometimes Baghdad, Iraq (Camp Victory), soon my wife will be living in Kabul, Afghanistan (September '13 to Aug '14), but our most favorite place to live is Lincoln City, Oregon.
Liz and I are combat veterans and your neighbors. We have been unable to take part in your discussions regarding vacation dwellings in Lincoln City due to our Active duty U.S. Army status. After reviewing what we could find online posted about the issue, we are in shock and scared about the decision you are about to make with home use restrictions.
It takes a lot of courage to make such a dramatic decision that will affect the lives of people and your neighbors. Apparently, my definition of courage differs from those who want to restrict the use of my dream home. If this restriction on use passes, it will become extremely difficult for us to fund the home improvements, landscaping improvements and even pay the mortgage as we intended with supplemental rental income. I would never want to be a supporter of such a decision that would affect my neighbors so dramatically as this will affect us.
I understand that my neighborhood (Taft) has families that want to restrict vacation homes due to many reasons, however it is not unanimous. Please do not allow any type of mafia style "who you know" make decisions that are good for them, without completely understanding the ramifications that will occur on the rest of us. If the issue is noise then enforce the noise ordinance. If the issue is parking then tow/ticket the cars. Don't take the course of action that provides hardship on families and dreams.
My screensaver on my Army computer is a picture of Lincoln City that has traveled around the world twice with me. As I went on missions through neighborhoods ripe with tyranny and dictatorships where the government restricted what people could do with their land, I always thought about the greatest place on earth and how great of a place it is going to be for our retirement. Please don't make Lincoln City a place that also restricts people from having options, but rather enforce good order and discipline as it is written in current laws.
Over the history of the United States and treatment of Soldiers, there has been many issues with regard to protections and treatment when the Service member is not present to represent themselves/ take care of property etc... this became such a problem that congress created title 10 of U.S. Code and specifically the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act.