City commission discusses vacation rental ordinance changes • Coral Springs Talk

Vacation Rental Settlement Could Happen in Coral Springs

By Bryan Boggiano

After complaints from residents about noise, litter and safety, Coral Springs could take steps to tighten current regulations on vacation rental properties.

The City Commission will discuss amending the current ordinance governing vacation rental properties at its Wednesday meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 9500 West Sample Road.

The development comes after residents of Running Brook Hills spoke to the commission at their Jan. 5 and Feb. 16 meetings, expressing concerns that loosely regulated vacation rental properties were making their neighborhood less safe.

They told the commission that five homes on their block are now vacation rentals.

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City staff worked with residents to help update the current ordinance.

In response, the city’s planning and zoning board discussed the issue at its March 7 meeting. Council voted 4 to 1 to forward a positive recommendation to the commission to change the current ordinance.

The proposed changes must operate within the framework of state law, which does not allow local governments to prohibit vacation rentals or regulate the duration or frequency of such properties.

Deputy Mayor Joshua Simmons discussed the matter with Coral Springs Talk.

However, local laws allow local governments to use the Florida Building Code and Fire Code to conduct inspections.

The changes the commission will vote on will affect registration, vacation rental standards related to non-residential activity and occupancy, code enforcement, and suspension of a property’s certificate of compliance.

For bedrooms, they must be at least 70 square feet, with 50 feet for each occupant, have a closet, and be at least 8 feet wide, in addition to other requirements.

The amended ordinance would also require a property survey, a city-approved floor plan, and an agreement with the city allowing Coral Springs police to issue trespassing warnings.

Owners must keep a register of all guests, but with the proposed changes they would also have to keep track of all license plate numbers of all vehicles allowed to stay on the property overnight.

Under proposed changes to the Vacation Rentals Ordinance, the entire unit would have to be rented and the maximum number of transient occupancy would be 16. A building official or fire marshal may impose occupancy limits For safety reasons.

No more than three unregistered occupants of the property would be permitted at any one time. No unregistered guests will be permitted on the vacation rental property from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday or 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Landlords should also provide the city with all locations that list vacation rental property, which the city will continuously monitor and enforce noise control.

The proposed changes also outline suspensions for vacation rental properties that violate the rules. After two violations, the City Manager or Special Magistrate can suspend a license for 30 days if a property has up to six violations, which can go up to 415 days.

“The proposed changes are intended to help mitigate impacts and maintain the residential character of our neighborhoods while allowing these businesses to operate as required by the state,” said Paula Rubiano, Digital Media Coordinator.

If the committee agrees with the proposed changes, it will forward the updated order to its April 2 meeting for a second and final reading.

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City commission discusses changes to vacation rental ordinance
Bryan Boggiano

A graduate in journalism from the University of Florida, Bryan is pursuing his master’s degree in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment and journalism.

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