Council to consider rental ordinance again at Tuesday meeting

Steve Stefanides

The Marco Island City Council will enjoy a holiday on Monday – its regularly scheduled meeting will be pushed to Tuesday, Jan. 20, due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

Top on the list will be the second reading of what is the controversial rental ordinance aimed at registering all rental units on the island, limiting the inhabitants of a unit, requiring inspections of those units and requiring a one-hour response to complaints.

Rentals, both long term and short term, will be required to comply with the new regulations.

Condominiums will be able to initially opt out of the individual registration requirements, but be required to file a master registration. However, should a total of three violations be found during any 365-day period within the complex by the city's special magistrate, the "right for opt-out" would be revoked and all units within the complex required to register and pay the fees and inspection costs as would a single family home if they are involved in leasing or rental activities.

The initial requirements for posting the residence as a rental on the exterior of the building has been removed. The restriction of only two persons per bedroom plus two additional occupants would be maintained if passed as proposed. The limit on those occupying the residence will be in effect from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.. A home with three bedrooms would be limited to eight persons during those designated hours.

Council may choose to modify the legislation and place additional restrictions and requirements they feel are necessary within the ordinance after taking public comment and debating the merits of its passage.

If you go

The Tuesday, Jan. 20, city council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers on the City Hall campus, 50 Bald Eagle Drive, call 389-5000.