Vacation Rental – TV Resort Marina http://tvresortmarina.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://tvresortmarina.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4.png Vacation Rental – TV Resort Marina http://tvresortmarina.com/ 32 32 City shares information on short-term rentals | News https://tvresortmarina.com/city-shares-information-on-short-term-rentals-news/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 06:15:00 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/city-shares-information-on-short-term-rentals-news/ The City of Paducah has developed a guide to help landlords understand the legal requirements for short-term rentals. It defines a short-term rental as a furnished living space available for short periods, ranging from a few days to several weeks. They are commonly referred to as vacation rentals and are considered an alternative to a […]]]>

The City of Paducah has developed a guide to help landlords understand the legal requirements for short-term rentals.

It defines a short-term rental as a furnished living space available for short periods, ranging from a few days to several weeks.

They are commonly referred to as vacation rentals and are considered an alternative to a hotel, depending on the city. Under the Paducah Ordinance, a short-term rental does not include the service or provision of meals by the host to a guest (distinguishable from bed and breakfasts).

Requirements, to comply with city zoning regulations, include possessing a business license from the Department of Finance and filing a McCracken County Transient Chambers Tax Form with the County Department of Finance. .

People also need to know what type of short-term rentals are allowed on their property. If someone already has a short-term rental, they are encouraged to contact the planning department to find out what action, if any, is needed.

The city information guide is available online at paducahky.gov. It details the two types of short-term rentals, how to check which area a property is in, and other requirements. For more information, contact the Paducah Planning Department at 270-444-8690 ext. 2067 or email planninginfo@paducahky.gov.

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Airbnb’s Newest Influencer Is….CEO Brian Chesky https://tvresortmarina.com/airbnbs-newest-influencer-is-ceo-brian-chesky/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 07:30:14 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/airbnbs-newest-influencer-is-ceo-brian-chesky/ Skift grip Airbnb has been a keen practitioner of public relations over the years, and the volume of press releases the company puts out each year is legion. Brian Chesky’s year-long stint as a digital nomad aligns with the company’s narrative and brand marketing strategy. Denis Schaal Travel online this week Airbnb Co-founder and CEO […]]]>

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Airbnb has been a keen practitioner of public relations over the years, and the volume of press releases the company puts out each year is legion. Brian Chesky’s year-long stint as a digital nomad aligns with the company’s narrative and brand marketing strategy.

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Airbnb Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky hasn’t been shy about acknowledging that public relations, and a resulting torrent of press articles, have been instrumental in building the Airbnb brand — and he’s not losing. no time to pursue this formula in 2022.

Chesky, who has about 405,000 Twitter followers, tweeted On Tuesday, he will live in Airbnb properties throughout the year, moving to a different city or town every few weeks, in a bid to highlight the “decentralization of life”, where millions of Airbnb guests , according to him, will travel abroad or otherwise away from home. live and work in 2022.

From July to December 2021, 20% of nights booked through Airbnb were for stays of a month or longer, Chesky tweeted, and stays of a week or longer accounted for nearly half of all nights booked.

“In 2022, I think the biggest travel trend will be people spreading out to thousands of towns and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time,” he said. he tweeted.

The digital nomad CEO, who said he will be returning to his home base of San Francisco quite often over the course of the year, tweeted that his world tour – Atlanta is the first stop – will be “fun, but more importantly, it will help us improve the experience for people who can now live anywhere.

Many destinations hire social media influencers to tout the appeal of their cuisine, cultures or communities, but Chesky will no doubt fulfill that role on its own this year, catching the attention of social media and the press, as he jumps from one list to another according to his priorities. to secure good Wifi and adequate work and living space, as well as pedestrian areas where he can soak up the local atmosphere.

Hey, Airbnb, other booking platforms, airlines, destinations and media such as The New York Times have no patent to generate buzz based on getaways like these. In 2011, Starwood Hotels announced that it would move its CEO and senior management to Shanghai, China to live and work for a month.

As Chesky seeks to punctuate the idea that travel and life are being redefined on Airbnb through digital nomad wanderings, Starwood at the time was promoting China’s ascendancy and the hotel chain’s commitment in what was its second market.

If the goal is to come out of your year at Airbnbs with tons of learnings about how to improve the Airbnb experience, Chesky is definitely not the right person for the job. Granted, some hosts may not recognize Brian Chesky’s name when they accept a reservation and welcome their new VIP guest, but many will.

As some twitterati have pointed out, the authenticity of the experience will also diminish, which will happen when the CEO of Airbnb has to contact customer service to resolve an issue with a host or property. Chesky certainly won’t have to wait the many hours that regular Airbnb customers have to deal with when something goes wrong with their reservation.

But having the CEO of Airbnb live the brand and walk around the bled is sure to generate a ton of free media.

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Expedia will announce in the Super Bowl on February 13

In a somewhat bold move, Expedia is set to air an expensive commercial during the Feb. 13 Super Bowl, which will be televised on NBC TV. Sister brand Vrbo, which offers vacation rentals, will be touting its products during the pre-game broadcast. the wall street journal

Sonder is set to go public on Wednesday

Hotel and short-term rental operator Sonder is expected to see its ticker symbol, SOND, begin trading on Nasdaq on Wednesday. Sonder and Gores Metropoulos II announced on Tuesday that they have completed the merger of their special purpose acquisition company, a precursor to Sonder’s transformation into a public company.

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Google Maps was the most downloaded travel app of 2021, according to Apptopia, but when it comes to online travel agency brands, Booking.com took the top honors. Skift.

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VTrips Expands Portfolio with Business Acquisitions in Texas and Maryland https://tvresortmarina.com/vtrips-expands-portfolio-with-business-acquisitions-in-texas-and-maryland/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 16:13:51 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/vtrips-expands-portfolio-with-business-acquisitions-in-texas-and-maryland/ United States: Florida-based vacation rental management company VTrips has expanded its portfolio in Maryland and Texas with the acquisition of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation Rentals and Ryson Vacation Rentals. The combined purchases add 701 additional properties to VTrips’ portfolio and 263 team members to the company’s workforce. VTrips CEO Steve Milo has confirmed that the […]]]>

United States: Florida-based vacation rental management company VTrips has expanded its portfolio in Maryland and Texas with the acquisition of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation Rentals and Ryson Vacation Rentals.

The combined purchases add 701 additional properties to VTrips’ portfolio and 263 team members to the company’s workforce.

VTrips CEO Steve Milo has confirmed that the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation Rentals and Ryson Vacation Rentals brands will be retained. Additionally, Jodi Taylor Refosco, Chad Taylor and Joe Refosco of Taylor-Made will become shareholders of VTrips.

Liz Overton, Managing Director of Ryson, said, “We are thrilled to be the newest members of the VTrips family. Ryson Vacation Rentals has been a leader in our region for many years and we believe our new partnership with VTrips and the VTrips management team will continue to allow us to grow in a positive direction.

The addition of Ryson and Taylor-Made follows recent acquisitions of Resort Collections by VTrips in Panama City Beach and Distinctive Beach Rentals in Fort Myers Beach [both Florida], as good as Management of resort properties in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Milo said, “VTrips believes that employees are the lifeblood of these businesses, and we do everything we can to create a positive environment for them. Vendors have dedicated their lives to creating great memories for their guests and employees, and they wanted a buyer who shares their same values. »

To date, VTrips has completed more than 20 acquisitions as part of the company’s strategic growth plan and manages 3,000 exclusive vacation rental properties in traditional resort destinations ranging from Florida to Hawaii.

In August, it was announced that the company had received a “significant” minority investment from private investment firm Hudson Hill Capital. [HHC], the entire capital being financed on the balance sheet.

At the time, VTrips said it planned to leverage the investment to accelerate the company’s acquisition strategy and further strengthen its technology offering. Additionally, it plans to deploy more than $250 million in the near term to acquire attractive vacation rental management companies that align with its growth strategy.

Speaking last year, Milo also told Skift that he plans to go public with VTrips in the future.

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Frisco City Council approves short-term rental excise tax ordinance at 1st reading https://tvresortmarina.com/frisco-city-council-approves-short-term-rental-excise-tax-ordinance-at-1st-reading/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/frisco-city-council-approves-short-term-rental-excise-tax-ordinance-at-1st-reading/ Snow covers Main Street in Frisco on March 4. The Frisco City Council has approved the first reading of an excise tax ordinance for the April 2022 ballot.Liz Copan/For the Daily News Summit An excise tax on short-term rentals is one step closer to appearing on the April ballot. The Frisco City Council approved the […]]]>

Snow covers Main Street in Frisco on March 4. The Frisco City Council has approved the first reading of an excise tax ordinance for the April 2022 ballot.
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An excise tax on short-term rentals is one step closer to appearing on the April ballot. The Frisco City Council approved the tax ordinance on first reading on Tuesday, January 11.

After discussing the excise tax – which is a tax imposed on goods, services or activities – in November, the originally proposed 7.5% tax was lowered to 5%. It is estimated that it will generate between $1.2 and $1.5 million in additional revenue each year that would be used for workforce housing programs, supplementing 5A revenue.

“I want to assure you that we are not just looking for short-term rentals to fund workforce housing,” council member Melissa Sherburne said. “What we’re looking to do is help offset the problem that short-term rentals have created in our local housing landscape. … Labor housing has been an age-old problem in mountain towns – for decades.



Adding a new 5% excise tax to the current 10.725% taxes applied to short-term rentals brings the total tax to 15.725%. To compare, Crested Butte has the highest short-term rental tax among mountain towns at 20.9%. Avon has a 14.4% tax, Vail is 10.3%, Breckenridge is 12.275%, Dillon is 10.875% and Silverthorne is 10.375%. Breckenridge’s figure does not include room license fees, and Silverthorne is proposing a 4% incremental increase in lodging tax.

Council member Dan Fallon was the only person present who voted against the ordinance. One of the reasons being that he felt the tax was too high. While he acknowledged that the increase in short-term rentals has had an impact on local housing, he reiterated that he would be more comfortable with a 2.5% tax.



Summit Alliance of Vacation Rental Managers Executive Director Julia Koster said in the public comment portion of the meeting that they too would like to see a 2.5% tax or similar, but on all accommodations in Frisco, that would end after five years or be renewed by voters if necessary. She said the organization welcomes continued conversation and would prefer open dialogue rather than rushing to put the tax on the ballot.

“This issue affects everyone, including our (Summit Alliance of Vacation Rental Managers) members and their employees,” Koster said. “We want to be a collaborative force in every discussion that seeks to impact our common community issues.”

Mary Waldman of Summit Mountain Rentals was also concerned about the percentage and would prefer a 0.5% tax. She said it will hurt landlords more than renters as they try to keep prices competitive.

“Yes, the money comes from the tenants, but because I have to lower the rent to stay competitive, the money comes out of my pocket, not the tenants’,” Waldman said. “You don’t tax the guests: you tax me, the property managers and all second home owners.”

Councilman Andy Held said the city isn’t against short-term rentals, but added how he’s seen them affect the ability to live in Frisco in the 30 years he’s lived there.

He also reminded the public that they still have to go to the polls before it becomes official.

“We will not pass this. We put it to the people,” Held said. “It’s not just a handful of people making a decision on this stuff. That’s who should make the decision.

Fallon said he wanted to explore tax exemptions and incentives for owners of short-term rentals rather than penalizing them. One example, he said, is waiving the tax if a rental is rented to a local worker for 90 days.

Other board members agreed that exemptions and incentives are a good idea. However, they said they didn’t want to complicate the language of the ballot by explaining additional programs and rules. The city council can pass exemptions after the tax is passed, giving city staff time to craft the appropriate exemption language.

“I think that’s a good start, and I also don’t want to not do it, or lower it to a point where it’s not happening and we’re back to draconian petitions circulating in the community to really affect what we need, which is short-term rentals in our city,” Mortensen said, referring to James Hayes Walsh’s petition to ban rentals. “Our economy is built on them, we depend on them, and I think if we don’t make that language available to voters, we risk having a much worse outcome where we may not have one. (short term rentals). And I don’t think it will serve us at all to achieve any of our goals.

If passed, the tax would come into effect on June 1. A second reading is scheduled for January 25.

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Business of the Month – Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways | Business https://tvresortmarina.com/business-of-the-month-miss-kittys-fishing-getaways-business/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 08:54:00 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/business-of-the-month-miss-kittys-fishing-getaways-business/ The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) recognized The Dish House as its January Business of the Month on Thursday, January 6. Dawn Huff started Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways to market her home on Copano Bay as a vacation rental. She and her staff now manage over 160 homes and condos in Rockport and Fulton; recently […]]]>

The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) recognized The Dish House as its January Business of the Month on Thursday, January 6.

Dawn Huff started Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways to market her home on Copano Bay as a vacation rental. She and her staff now manage over 160 homes and condos in Rockport and Fulton; recently expanded to include a luxury line of short-term rentals called Pure Rockport while continuing to operate as the on-site management company for Laguna Reef Condominiums. She served on the Tourism Development Council from 2009 to 2018 as Vice President and President for the past two years and joined the council in 2021. She has also provided accommodation and sponsored various chamber events; donated rooms to CCA fundraising banquets; supported “Babes on the Bay”; supported advocacy for short-term rentals; and donated to other organizations seeking funds.

Recently, she started the Aransas Short Term Rental Advocacy Coalition for fair and beneficial regulation for short term rentals and was awarded the “Destinationnaire Award” in 2021 by the Slick Talk Hospitality Podcast. Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways sets itself apart with the personalized service and attention to detail that only a small business can provide, while providing the latest technology and industry standards of a large corporation. They will continue to provide exceptional service to their owners and guests, be a great company to work for, and strengthen their involvement in the community.

For more information on Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways, visit www.rockporthomerentals.com; or www.purerockport.com for their luxury rentals.

For more information about the Business of the Month program, contact a member of the Business Builder Committee or the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at membership@1rockport.org.

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HomeToGo ends 2021 with record booking revenue https://tvresortmarina.com/hometogo-ends-2021-with-record-booking-revenue/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 06:01:59 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/hometogo-ends-2021-with-record-booking-revenue/ The HomeToGo alternative hosting market ended 2021 with a record turnover of 123 million euros, up 51% from 2020, and an even more pronounced increase in the last quarter of 2021 – up 111 % compared to the same period of the previous year. And, despite the ongoing pandemic and recent setbacks due to the […]]]>

The HomeToGo alternative hosting market ended 2021 with a record turnover of 123 million euros, up 51% from 2020, and an even more pronounced increase in the last quarter of 2021 – up 111 % compared to the same period of the previous year.

And, despite the ongoing pandemic and recent setbacks due to the Omicron variant, the Berlin-based company says it has already booked 19 million euros in bookings for future stays, a 90% increase in future bookings compared to the same period in 2021.

HomeToGo says the financial figures released today are preliminary and unaudited and may change before the final release for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2021 in March.

In September, HomeToGo debuted on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange following a business combination with Lakestar SPAC.

“2021 marks an exceptional year in our history – not only have we become a public company, but we have also implemented our strategy, while remaining focused on our goal of connecting travelers and supply partners around the world to making amazing homes easily accessible to everyone, ”says Dr Patrick Andrae, co-founder and CEO of HomeToGo.

“We have proven that we can grow despite a difficult year for the travel industry and look confidently to 2022, as we start with a record order backlog of € 19 million.

HomeToGo reports that Belgium, the Netherlands and Croatia are the countries with the largest increase in bookings compared to 2020.

The company says on-site bookings reached € 50 million in 2021, up 112% from the previous year and contributed 41% of total bookings revenue. In the fourth quarter, on-site bookings increased even more dramatically, increasing by 242% from the fourth quarter of 2020 to 8.6 million euros.

HomeToGo’s booking revenue from subscriptions and services – a ‘Shopify’ style option for owners and property managers – reached $ 9 million for full year 2021, up 44% compared to 2020 and 71% year-on-year in the fourth quarter.

The gross reservation value in 2021 amounted to 1.44 billion euros, including 244 million euros in the fourth quarter, up 53% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

The company says it has seen the impact of new travel trends in the wake of the pandemic, including an increase in domestic holiday bookings from 52% in 2019 to 63% in 2021.

Founded in 2014, the marketplace connects travelers to rentals offered by more than 2,000 partners, including Vrbo, Booking.com, Airbnb, Vacasa, Tripadvisor and more.

Last week, HomeToGo completed the acquisition of the AMIVAC vacation rental business unit from the SeLoger Group.

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FORECAST: Fifteen minutes from everywhere: opening phase 1 City Center West Orange postponed to 2024 | West Orange Times & Observer https://tvresortmarina.com/forecast-fifteen-minutes-from-everywhere-opening-phase-1-city-center-west-orange-postponed-to-2024-west-orange-times-observer/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:02:03 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/forecast-fifteen-minutes-from-everywhere-opening-phase-1-city-center-west-orange-postponed-to-2024-west-orange-times-observer/ It has been four years since the developer of the Ocoee City Center West Orange project innovated. David Townsend, CEO of CCWO, rocked the city of Orange West when he unveiled his “city within the city” project. The massive 300,000 square foot mixed-use facility includes retail, office and residential space. The site is located north […]]]>

It has been four years since the developer of the Ocoee City Center West Orange project innovated.

David Townsend, CEO of CCWO, rocked the city of Orange West when he unveiled his “city within the city” project. The massive 300,000 square foot mixed-use facility includes retail, office and residential space. The site is located north of State Road 50 and east of South Bluford Avenue with Maine Street running through it, resting on approximately 100 acres of land.

Originally, the first phase of the project was due to be completed in 2022. However, Townsend said the schedule has been pushed back two years – until 2024 – due to delays caused by COVID-19.

However, Townsend believes that two years is a short waiting period for what he hopes will be a source of pride not only for the city but also for future residents of downtown Orange West.

“It’s designed around the convenience of residents,” Townsend said of the project. “The way the whole project is designed, you’re a few hundred yards from grocery stores, restaurants, hair, and shopping. You literally just have to cross the street and you’re right on top of the retail space or you live above, so it’s designed for renter convenience. You don’t have to get in your car to go to the grocery store.

Ocoee Planning and Zoning Director Mike Rumer believes that when it finally opens, the project will be a “destination location” not just for resort residents, but for all residents of the Town of Ocoee.

“It’s just off (Florida) Turnpike, (State Road) 408 and (State Road) 429. It will be a destination with the retail businesses and restaurants there… in this first phase,” said said Rumer.

He said City Center West Orange had already submitted another building permit for one of the structures linked to the project. The car parks that will be part of it have already been built.

“They have finalized the design of the enveloping building, and it will be a big mobilization,” said Rumer. “You won’t be able to get near the place for a good year and a half.”

THE FUTURE

So far, only phase 1 of the project has been approved. This will include two mixed-use buildings, one residential and one vacation rental. Both will have retail and restaurant spaces, as well as office space. This will occupy 200,000 of the total 300,000 square feet of the entire project.

Phase 1 will also include between 500 and 600 apartments, mainly used as living space for the elderly. Phase 2, once approved, would provide an additional 700 apartments. Once the entire project is completed, there would be over 2,000 apartments for a variety of residents.

With amenities like grocery stores, restaurants and more within walking distance, residents wouldn’t have to rely on their cars for much. Plenty of garage space should be provided in the property. Easy access to Orlando attractions and the Orlando International Airport should also be a draw.

“You’re, in essence, 15 minutes from anywhere,” Townsend said. “Although it’s a quiet 25 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, it’s not that crazy of a commute, like going to (Los Angeles International Airport).”

After initially slated for completion in 2022, Phase 1 is now expected to be completed in 2024 after experiencing delays due to the pandemic. Townsend said while the work inside the office has changed, that doesn’t mean construction has been suspended.

“We’re doing well right now,” Townsend said. “Like everyone else, we do our best to keep the fires burning. Other than that, not much has really changed, other than that we are not in our offices. We are still building and moving forward. It will take a little longer, but we are continuing.

The rise in inflation, which peaked at 6.8% in November, added an additional 6% to 8% cost on construction goods to the company, on top of its budget of $ 200 million. dollars for phase 1 of the project. Townsend, however, said he was optimistic the company would stay on budget.

GROW WITH OCOEE

In addition to downtown Orange West, there is still a lot going on in Ocoee as the city struggles to keep up with the growing population.

According to the latest estimates provided by the city, the city’s population was 48,623 at the 2020 census, but is now steadily approaching 50,000.

Rumer said most of the projects that were already in development before the pandemic were still operating at full capacity. This includes the renovation of the exterior of the Town Hall, which is expected to be completed in April or May.

“I’m on the first floor, so I’ll be the last to move in,” Rumer said. “The skin on the outside is finishing.”

One of the other projects early in the works is Master Pond Park in downtown Ocoee. The park will stretch from Bluford Avenues to Cumberland Avenues. The area between Cumberland Avenue and West Oakland Avenue will be renovated to accommodate the upcoming expansion and the inevitable foot traffic the park will bring.

“These are good ways to get into this project,” Rumer said.

The project is estimated at $ 6 million.

The city has also allocated $ 2.25 million for the Wellness Park construction project and $ 750,000 for the Bluford Complete Street project. A total of $ 690,000 is set aside for other park improvements, including $ 100,000 to replace natural grass with synthetic turf at Withers-Maguire House, $ 170,000 to renovate the tennis court at Tiger Minor Park and $ 250,000 for the installation of a skate park at a designated park.

Rumer said City Manager Robert Frank and City Commissioners remain committed to supporting growth for Ocoee’s future.

“We had great support (from the commission),” Rumer said. “They see the vision; they get it. We are starting to see a lot of rehabilitation, a lot of sales… and this migration of jobs. Value is added downtown, even with all the framing work we do.

“(The commission) is on board; they are excited, ”he said. “They understand the fruit of what we’re trying to do, and it works. This takes time. Make the meatloaf that you don’t see, but end up enjoying.

Townsend agrees.

“Ocoee is a wonderful place; a very nice city, and the people who run it are very accommodating, and it’s a very progressive place, ”he said. “The staff and Mayor (Rusty) Johnson have been wonderful. I couldn’t be happier for their help in helping us with the project. It has been the nicest relationship with the city I have ever had while developing. ”

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Ireland: The Big Lie: Housing 2022 | Opinion https://tvresortmarina.com/ireland-the-big-lie-housing-2022-opinion/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/ireland-the-big-lie-housing-2022-opinion/ Tired of being told a lie? I am – and therefore this column. Lies, big and small and often malicious, are not the “big lie” about Biden’s election. I’m done with that one and his loved ones: the mysterious cases of ballot papers, the Italian spaceships, the software hacks run by George Soros. Recently, I […]]]>






Tired of being told a lie? I am – and therefore this column.

Lies, big and small and often malicious, are not the “big lie” about Biden’s election. I’m done with that one and his loved ones: the mysterious cases of ballot papers, the Italian spaceships, the software hacks run by George Soros.

Recently, I have observed a series of letters and comments attacking the principle of community housing. It’s the unfounded idea that the “old people” are clogging the system, that homeownership is a good idea for everyone except those who can’t shell out $ 1.5 million for a small studio, that perhaps the residents of those who currently have housing should not vote.

This is not to say that APCHA is a perfect agency – neither exists in government or in the private sector. And there are regulatory issues that need to be addressed and capital improvements need to be made.

Yes, people cheat. That’s why the IRS checks tax returns, why police stop drunk drivers, and we all have too many passwords for all of our apps.

But the recent attacks of the Red Ant and its cohorts sound familiar, not only because they are outdated and undocumented, but because they carry more than a whiff of exclusion and condescension that seeks to exclude. local workers the benefits of the property they enjoy. by corporate citizens, foreign investors and a handful of people lucky enough to buy homes here before the markets explode.

Let’s start by debunking the Reds’ claim that 50 and over are approaching retirement age and will soon create dead space in the housing system.

It sounds plausible, like Rudy Giuliani before he opened his mouth. Here is the reality.

The “old men” who are supposed, in the Reds’ diatribe, to quit work at 62 and retire there, well, are not.

Hometrek data kept by APCHA shows that 168 people aged 62 to 65 live in owned housing. Of these 168, three do not work. Three. As in 2%. And 85% of those who the Redsters say will retire early haven’t done so and are still working full-time.

And among the 65-73 year olds, 60% work, 40% of which are full time. Probably a higher percentage of older housing residents work here than open market residents, but this cannot be known for sure as most of the open market units are owned by companies, vacation rental owners, Mark Hunt or a variation of Jay Gatsby. , for example Liza Jet LLC.

The “solution” for the old “lazy” who retire after 30 or 50 years of work is, as always, to end the ownership for those who cannot get a mortgage on a 1.5 million studio. of dollars and have not thought of inheriting a trust fund. Says the Red One: let’s convert everything to rental units, no dogs, no families, no long term stability. “… [W]We are currently subsidizing the middle class in Aspen… people who are not and will not work in the service sector economy.

Workers don’t need to aspire to reside here – to have families, to belong to the middle class – just work this lavish lifestyle for $ 15 an hour, double shifts, up to what you can’t, then move on. This is the Amazon Burnout Center, the theme park strategy: you are not meant to be part of the community, only a resource to be used until exhaustion.

Mick Ireland has decided to learn Python but does not claim any programming skills, as the ant seems to believe. mick@sopris.net

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Update on Tourism Development in Hernando County: Event Marketing Grants, Mermaid Trail Expansion and More https://tvresortmarina.com/update-on-tourism-development-in-hernando-county-event-marketing-grants-mermaid-trail-expansion-and-more/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 12:10:11 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/update-on-tourism-development-in-hernando-county-event-marketing-grants-mermaid-trail-expansion-and-more/ Tammy Heon, Director of Tourism Development for Hernando County, gave a presentation on grants, local tourism industry statistics and Mermaids Trail expansion at the December 14 meeting for the Council of Commissioners County. She began by presenting eight scholarships which she presented to the committee for approval. These grants are marketing grants from the Tourism […]]]>

Tammy Heon, Director of Tourism Development for Hernando County, gave a presentation on grants, local tourism industry statistics and Mermaids Trail expansion at the December 14 meeting for the Council of Commissioners County.

She began by presenting eight scholarships which she presented to the committee for approval. These grants are marketing grants from the Tourism Development Committee (TDC) for special events. Events range from one of Hernando County’s oldest events, Art in the Park, which turns 37 this year; At a relatively new event, the Central Florida Sportsman Expo. Heon shares, “We had a record 10 grant applications this year, two have since withdrawn due to changes in their operations. So we’ve given out those eight grants, for a total of $ 17,500, and we’re here for the Council of Commissioners to approve them. “

These grants are marketing grants, in particular reimbursement grants for advertising. Thus, the winners will remit all their advertising expenses with proof of payment after the event has been held. They must also make a report on the progress of their festival / event and from there they will be reimbursed. A motion was presented by Commissioner Narverud and a second by the Holcomb Commission. It was adopted unanimously.

Then Heon shared some of the successes and enthusiasms of tourism development over the past year. Heon says, “It’s been a strange year here with tourism, but we still had a good year. We have enjoyed all the perks of being an outdoor recreation destination during the pandemic. Some of the things that I thought were a little bit negative for us was that we didn’t have a big group company or a big international component for our marketing or our tours. Today this is a huge plus because we had none of that to lose and organizations that lost this type of activity are still suffering.

Heon said Hernando County has just had a record year of tourism development collections. TDT’s revenue this year is $ 1,527,068; Which is up 39.7%. In October 2021, hotel occupancy rates were up 28.2% and the average daily rate to date was $ 95.24, an increase of 22.7%. Vacation rental homes are booming, the occupancy rate is 73.3% and the average daily rate is $ 154, an increase of 7%. They use Host Compliance software that allows them to track and collect tourism development taxes from vacation rental homes. Heon says, “They are contributing significantly to our bottom line for TDC these days and without this income we wouldn’t be where we are today after this pandemic.”

Heon was delighted to report that they had found an affordable data program for their vacation rental homes so they have 602 listings currently available, 361 of them are listed on Airbnb, 241 on VRBO, 10 ago properties on both sites. With 602 units available, this will accommodate 3,694 people. About 150 of these units are two bedroom properties, 200 have three bedrooms and there are 2 listed as having 10 or 11 bedrooms. Heon says that with this data, she will be able to see booking trends and plan for the future.

Another business the Tourism Development Bureau has undertaken in the wake of the pandemic is an online virtual visitor center at FloridasAdventureCoast.com. It had a number of cool features to help people plan their trips like a personalized itinerary module that you could then share your trip and plans on social media sites or email etc. They ran six morning show programs, including; FOX 13 Good Day Tampa Bay, FOX 35 Morning Show, ABC Action News Morning Show and CBS Brightside. More than a dozen of their community partners have benefited from this coverage and visibility.

Heon shares that next year’s most exciting project for her is the Florida Mermaid Trail – Part 2. She says, “We’re going to build a trail with 6ft tall mermaid statues, the cost of maintenance. is also calculated in the cost of the statue. The trail will start at the Richloam general store and end at Bayport Park; I will put as many statues as possible in between. We will work with the arts council to make the artists jury , then paint the statues with one of our community business sponsors. ”


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The Best Tailor-Made Adventures Along Florida’s Emerald Coast https://tvresortmarina.com/the-best-tailor-made-adventures-along-floridas-emerald-coast/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:09:19 +0000 https://tvresortmarina.com/the-best-tailor-made-adventures-along-floridas-emerald-coast/ Sunset at Grayton Beach, Florida Wendy altschuler Northwest Florida, along the Emerald Coast, is where you’ll find 26 miles of pristine, sugar-white beaches. South Walton is home to the kind of quartz-filled sand that looks like snow and creaks with every step. A visit here gives the outdoor traveler unlimited experiences in 16 distinct beach […]]]>

Northwest Florida, along the Emerald Coast, is where you’ll find 26 miles of pristine, sugar-white beaches. South Walton is home to the kind of quartz-filled sand that looks like snow and creaks with every step. A visit here gives the outdoor traveler unlimited experiences in 16 distinct beach towns, including Rosemary Beach, Sandestin, Grayton Beach, Aquarelle, Seaside, and Alys Beach.

From eco-kayaking tours to private fishing trips along the shore to luxury picnics on the beach, here are the best tailor-made adventures to make this vacation a dog age one to remember.

Paddle your heart to Choctawhatchee Bay

Take the whole family on a personalized two-hour eco-kayaking excursion with Vacayzen. Your educated guide will show you how to use the innovative pedal Hobie kayaks before setting out to explore the endemic flora and fauna of the bay’s forested wetlands and marshes. You are likely to see people fishing from boats for rockfish, plaice, and spotted trout, as well as other populations, while you are on the water. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, especially at dawn or dusk, and have your camera handy.

Where to eat and drink: Take some time to enjoy the back patio at The Bay, a waterfront restaurant specializing in southern Gulf Coast dishes. As you admire Choctawhatchee Bay from your table, you’ll fill your stomach with classic shrimp and grits, tangy pesto snapper, or hearty grouper ravioli. Don’t skip the desert – you’ll undoubtedly want to try the lime pie, a local favorite.

Relax at the beach with a luxury picnic and bonfire

For a truly unique sunset experience that your family will remember for years to come, take advantage of the services of 30A Blaze, a small business owned and operated by a husband and wife dream team. Davin and Lyndsey Hand, the affable founders, or a seasoned member of their team, will set up, manage and clean a bonfire on the beach which includes chairs, tables, tiki torches, roasting sticks and an attendant. .

Maybe you’d like to toast marshmallows, listen to live music, or have a deli board delivered from Blue Magnolia, a father-daughter catering company? 30A Blaze can handle all of this as well. Are you a romantic who wants to surprise your loved one with a Balinese-style beach picnic, complete with large lounge pillows, a fringed umbrella, and an imaginative table with fresh flowers and candles? 30A Blaze will partner with PIC-NIC and bring your al fresco dining imaginations to life.

Good to know: One of the best byproducts of a campfire and beach picnic is that you’ll likely be enjoying the outdoors for a lot longer than you normally would. Your family can unplug, get off the grid, and spend quality time together. Bring a frisbee or a soccer ball, extra towels for swimming if the ocean waves call, or anything else that will help you let off steam, in the open air, for as long as possible.

Experience a self-guided tour of Grayton Beach State Park

For $ 5, day visitors can explore Grayton Beach State Park, one of the best spots for families along the Florida Panhandle. Bring the kids and take a walk on the nature trail, full of oaks and magnolias. Linger at the beach and play in the turquoise waters.

Located in the region of the coastal lowlands and sculpted by salt spray, roving sand and wind, you will have the rare opportunity to discover 13 diverse bio-networks in a single park: beach dune, flat mesic woods, dunes, scrub, brushy flatwoods, laurel, depression marshes, dome, infiltration slope, moist flat forests, rare coastal dune lakes (including Western Lake, Alligator Lake, and Little Redfish Lake), estuarine intertidal marsh, and unconsolidated marine substrate. And if you want to spend the night, 59 camping pitches and 30 chalets are available for reservation.

Where to eat and drink: Nestled next to the WaterColor Inn, FOOW, or Fish Out of Water, offers beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, live music, and tasty drinks. This indoor / outdoor restaurant, located 1.4 miles from Grayton Beach State Park, serves family-style meals and the finest iced teas, juices, refreshments (order the Georgia Peach at the Beach for a real treat) and special cocktails.

Good to know: Grayton Beach State Park takes its name from Grayton Beach, an artistic seaside community teeming with art galleries, shops, and a popular dive bar called The Red Bar. One of South Walton’s original beach neighborhoods, Grayton Beach has a certain Old Florida charm that’s hard to find. Make sure to try a local beer at Grayton Beer Company, a bar and brewery; cinnamon rolls or cookies with vegan sausage sauce at Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse; and freshly ground coffee and avocado toast from Black Bear Bread Co., one of eight bustling businesses located in the Shops of Grayton.

Learn to surf fish from an expert guide

People come from all over to fish along the Emerald Coast. For a personalized guided surf fishing adventure, including expert instruction and all equipment, Reel 30A has you covered. Perfect for first-timers, as well as kids and families, the surf charter package will ensure you have a great time, without worrying about logistics. Book a sunrise adventure and watch the sky change from pink to orange to blue as you work on today’s catch.

Where to eat and drink: Since your morning will start early for fishing, stock up on treats and drinks at Blue Mountain Bakery, perfect for a take-out order. From breakfast burritos and yogurt granola bowls to cinnamon buns with homemade vanilla frosting, you’ll get exactly what you need to spice up your walk.

Another great option is the Donut Hole Café and Bakery, a South Walton staple for delicious donut flavors like red velvet, blueberry, frosting, and coconut.

Put your feet up while a personal chef cooks dinner

Once you’ve set up a cooler full of fish, hire a personal chef to clean and cook your catch. Chef Dan Vargo, the talent behind Fine Coastal Cuisine, will whip up the meal of your dreams while you relax in the comfort of your own vacation rental.

With over 25 years of experience, Chef Vargo has been a cooking virtuoso at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the Ritz-Carlton Naples, the Boathouse & Field Club in Martha’s Vineyard and other venues. Do not hesitate to ask him questions about surfing or about his stay in Ireland, South Africa and Peru.


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