Will reasonable compromise and specificity finally trump arrogance and greed? Would be nice for a change! #tourism
Updated on July 3rd at 2:55 PM -see bottom
Having read every single article about Vacation Rentals that has appeared in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times or Florida Trend magazine of the past three years, and checked the video archives of WFOR, NBC6, WSVN and Local10, all before the city of Hollywood's pubic presentation one month ago, I can vouch that I was right all along in my thinking even before I started doing my research.
closed doors, they play their preferred role of thinly-disguised holdup men, eager for a big score of cold hard cash at the expense of Airbnb, travel hosts and others for the public kitty.
More money to spend on stuff!
Our South Florida pols and bureaucrats, they sure do love them some straw men!
Or conveniently forget about past promises to treat everyone fairly.
Having gone to so many Hollywood City Commission meetings over the years, and about 85% of the ones held since the November election brought two new faces to the dais, Mayor Josh Levy and District 1 Commissioner Debra Case, I must say that I was NOT at all prepared that at the first hearing on this matter that so many Hollywood Commissioners appeared so publicly tone-deaf and myopic.
Even to the idea of multiple competing companies cooperating on an issue past a certain point not being seen as a possible cause for anti-trust or legal action by someone.
It was just par for the course as this issue has chugged along.
For those of you who are new to this issue or who might've forgotten what led to this point, one month ago I wrote an honest and well-circulated account of the city's quite disastrous dog-and-pony show led by Laurie Mertens-Black, the closest thing to a lynch mob I have ever seen in Hollywood -at least in a civic setting.
Updated: A veritable trainwreck of a public meeting. Wednesday's embarrassing
Vacation Rental Ordinance Amendment presentation at Hollywood City Hall was
not a pretty sight by any stretch of the imagination
Or even more importantly, follow-up questions!
Perhaps if the CVB did as much talking with paying consumers s I have, they would realize how much travelers to our area feel taken advantage of, especially at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
.@cohgov City Commission votes to continue #HollywoodFL's 2nd hearing re #VacationRentals to Wednesday August 30th. #SoFL #tourism 🌞🌴🏖️😎— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 3, 2017