Friday, September 25, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Cascio

 

 

As an owner of a condo in Marco for over 15 years, I would like to express my concerns regarding the City Councils’ newly proposed rental ordinances.

 

1- Condominium rentals are not and have never been an issue since all Condominium Associations have Documents, by-laws and strict rules that take care of problem renters. As a matter of fact these rules give them more leeway than the proposed Ordinance will have on the issue of problem rental. In essence the Condominium Association and Management take care of these issues very effectively.
2- .  Section 2 – Sec.X.2.1(b) allows a blanket registration for all units within a building.  However, such blanket registration would require significant reporting by the Association so electing, at a cost to all unit owners, many of which do not rent their units out.  Therefore, this provision would appear not useful to most condominium buildings or developments, and, AGAIN, this is not an exclusion as already voted on at the 3/16/2015 meeting.
3- Section 2 – Sec.X.2.2’s requires building code and annual fire inspections that are already performed  in Condominiums under other Ordinances.  This appears to be a duplication of requirements, and higher fees, for any and all Condominiums on the Island.
4- The original intent of the rental Ordinance was to “fix” the problem by “Transient” rentals which are defined by Florida Statutes as less than 30 days. This ordinance has now grown to all rentals of less than 1 year, therefore adding properties that have not caused a problem.

 

 

Based on the points above, all Condominiums in Marco Island should either be “excluded” from this ordinance or at least, given the option to “Opt Out” with no cost or any other bureaucratic process. In addition, reduce the scope of the ordinance to the original problem to be addressed, which were, and are. the Transient rentals of less than 30 days.

 

Thank you,

Joanne Cascio

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