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Friday, March 10, 2017

The hypocrisy of it all

I had to laugh at the hypocrisy of this sentence in an article in The Real Deal: "The Miami City Commission on Thursday deferred a vote on a Regalado-sponsored resolution requiring the city to “vigorously” enforce its zoning laws."

It's about curbing AirBnb. Not developers. 

The vote was postponed until March 23 because Miami Commissioner Ken Russell is out of town.

There's been a property in our neighborhood used for this sort of AirBnB thing for years - since before AirBnB existed. The city can't see it's hand in front of it's own face.

How about the city deal with over-development, the unlawful breaking of Miami21 laws and the destruction of our tree canopy before they worry about AirBnB.

Reminds me of Donald Trump's wall. Illegal immigration is down 40% from Mexico to the US and since he's been president, the Mexicans don't want to come to the US. Nobody does. This AirBnB thing is like Trump's wall - fixing non-issue.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which one is worse, sex motels owned by elected officials in Miami renting rooms by the hour or residents trying to make ends meet by renting their rooms on AirBnB?

March 10, 2017 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing stopping the city from enforcing the rules they already have the books that are sufficient to really curb AirBnB.

March 10, 2017 3:56 PM  
Blogger Coconut Grove resident said...

The need is there. Hotel are ridiculous overpriced and with the property taxes as they are, some people have the need to supplement their income to pay such taxes.

March 10, 2017 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old house and cottage combo in the South Grove I have been renting out the cottage for years and without it, I will have to sell my 1930's house. Developers are already swarming. You guys want another white box in our neighborhood? Take away my income.

BTW, renters are early retires and they spend tons of money in the Grove and around Miami. They can't afford the hotels. We will be sending their money to other places.

March 11, 2017 8:55 AM  
Anonymous swlip said...

The war against AirBnB is being waged by the hotel industry, which has substantial lobbying pull in much of Florida, not just Miami. They see AirBnB as a threat much in the same way as the licensed taxi owners see Uber and Lyft as threats. It's what I call the "legacy stakeholder's dilemma" in facing any disruptive innovation.

The "Trump wall" analogy seems off the mark. If illegal immigration is down, it's probably because people believe that the U.S. under Trump is going to enforce its immigration laws. The use of home-sharing apps like AirBnB, by contrast, will continue to increase unless cities crack down on it. For hotel owners, that is an issue that isn't going to go away.

March 11, 2017 9:37 AM  
Blogger Liz Gibson said...

Punish the homeowner trying to earn a little extra to pay ridiculously high taxes instead of enforcing laws to protect our tree canopy and existing laws against overdevelopment. Welcome to Miami

March 11, 2017 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AirBnb homeowners are in a similar battle with municipalities as car sharing programs such as Uber and Lyft. Times they are a changing!Politicians may bend over backwards to champion those folks like the hotel industry that supported their election. But eventually the decision will be made by the courts and new laws will be implemented to serve the best interest of our community.

March 11, 2017 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are not going after the mom 'n pops who rent a room or two. There are people buying houses and investors buying 20 condo units at a time for the sole purpose of renting on AirBnB, and this type of rental is disruptive to owners who actually live in the condominium building or neighborhood. Background checks are not performed so you don't know who your new neighbor is that day, or couple days, or that week. There is a laundry list of things that can go wrong with these scenarios like crime, putting added stress on the police department due to loud and all- night partying, extreme amount of trash, limited parking, liability for the owner, I'm pretty sure homeowners's insurance does not cover this type of activity.

March 11, 2017 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U probably would like this suggestion, but take just a second to consider reality. Electricity was once thought to be bad, as was oil production leading to horseless carriages and loud, long railroad cars and now all of civilization, i.e., the children parents allowing child care to the modern cell phone technology and the predators lurking within. Trees are being replaced by more trees and shrubs, (some are really colorful, not so bad)! That age lady on Gifford is one hard working, friendly tough and firm human being, not some dope dealing homeless troll type. A simply no frills hotel/motel room is well beyond my preferred price range making this AirBnB sincerely appealing. I had a taxi driver try to take my head off once for not tipping him for taking the long way to my home in the Grove. Uber, which I don't use spreads out profits to hundreds of thousands who need it and will sprinkle out their profits nationwide. I'm looking outside to a gray sky, but I still feel like blue skies and a sparkly sunny Biscayne Bay day fortunate enough to be in the Grove, US of A. Jobie Steppe

March 13, 2017 8:34 AM  

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