Upcoming vote on future of Marco Island short-term rentals

Reporter: Rachel Cox-Rosen Writer: Paul Dolan
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Short-term rentals on Marco Island could have new rules. (CREDIT: WINK News)

People on Marco Island want to make it more complicated to rent short-term rentals, feeling it’s causing a lot of noise and disruption.

People on both sides of this issue are getting ready to vote on a registration process for short-term rentals.

Christine and Mike Dowell are old-fashioned. They like chatting with their neighbors. And, knowing the homes on their right and left belong to people they know are members of their Marco Island community. “We generally say ‘hi’ to our neighbors and trade a cup of sugar or whatever,” Mike said.

They feel lucky because as you drive around the island, one out of every four single-family homes on Marco Island is used as a short-term rental. But, they dont like the sight of bottles and waste on the ground. Christine showed WINK News a photo of trash piling up and talked about noise and parking issues.

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