Collier reconsiders restrictions on short-term rentals like Airbnb, VRBO

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Short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb and VRBO are growing in popularity for travelers, but Collier County put an end to it. Ending a major revenue stream for many neighbors.

However, the whole idea is back on the table again.

If the majority of Collier County commissioners agree, homeowners may soon see short-term visitors staying at homes in their neighborhoods.

Eduardo Ayala wants commissioners to keep things the way they are — to continue to enforce rental rules that require home renters to stay at least six months.

Ayala is in favor of the six month ordinance, “You figure when you buy a property… You’re gonna live next to people you’re going to get to know. You’re going to live in a community in the neighborhood and if you have people coming in it can get questionable.”

But Gary Huckleberry says those who come usually don’t mean any harm. And while visitors may get loud at times or take up available street parking, he says there’s the economic impact to consider, “Having people come to the area and visit and see how wonderful it is Naples is wonderful and everybody knows that.”

Three of the five commissioners say they’re in favor of reversing the ordinance to allow short-term rentals.

They will vote on the measure in May.

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