Short-Term Rentals in Palmetto Dunes

A review of short-term rentals within Palmetto Dunes was driven by two topics—the growing use and community reaction to short-term vacation rentals across the United States, and historical concerns regarding the impact of renters within Palmetto Dunes.

To proactively address both topics, four board members — Gayle Cleaveland, Doug Luba, Lee Smith and Bill Watkins — volunteered to investigate the circumstances and approaches used by other resort and non-resort towns to achieve a balance between short-term rentals and non-rentals. The team also reviewed the demographics of Palmetto Dunes along with critical metrics.

After determining that new communications and policies could help bring an improved balance to Palmetto Dunes among owners who rent and those who do not, the group proposed a committee consisting of additional owners be established.

To be clear, short-term rentals will not be banned. The objective is to find a way for full-time residents, part-time residents, investment owners, and renters to more harmoniously coexist bringing added enjoyment, pride and value to all owners within Palmetto Dunes.


Committee

During the March 2019 board meeting, the Short-Term Ad Hoc Rental Committee was established with the following purpose:

With the growing use of short-term rentals, the purpose of this Ad Hoc Committee is to review the impact short-term rentals may be having upon Palmetto Dunes and recommend any policy/process enhancements to balance the economic needs of owners who rent with a quality of life expected by owners who do not—ensuring the behaviors of one group do not adversely impact the other.

In fulfilling its charter, the committee will:

  1. Identify trends related to short-term rentals
  2. Review situations, methods and approaches used by other resort/non-resort communities to address short-term rental related issues (perhaps reaching out to understand their thinking, particular situation, and decision-making criteria)
  3. Assess the impact of noise, traffic, parking, over occupancy, safety, and other related issues that may be associated with short-term rentals within Palmetto Dunes
  4. Engage key constituencies to understand their perspective regarding short-term rentals, and to acquire feedback regarding potential policies
  5. Formulate any specific policies required to help achieve balance among owners who rent and those who do not
  6. Recommend to the Board of Directors, if appropriate, policies and processes to equitably and appropriately address any noise, traffic, parking, overoccupancy, bicycle safety, or other short-term rental related issues in Palmetto Dunes


Current Status

After reviewing the detailed background information, the full committee met on April 11, 2019 to discuss objectives, goals and timing. To help acquire input from the community, a survey was sent out in May 2019, requesting feedback from all owners. This information will be used as an integral component of item #4 in the committee’s tasks identified above.


Communication Concepts

To more effectively communicate activities and important rules, we have developed a video concept available at the top of this page or through our link:  http://www.WelcomeToPalmettoDunes.com This is an example of the information we can share with guests to help enhance the renter, owner and resident experience.


Questions & Concerns

If you have any additional questions regarding the Short-Term Rentals Ad Hoc Committee, please contact Committee Chairperson Gayle Cleaveland or Andrew Schumacher.

Ad Hoc Committee Members

Gayle Cleaveland
Full-Time Resident

Ian Cohen
Rents/Part-Time Resident

Pattie Courtney
Rents and Full-Time Resident

Joe Homa
Full-Time Resident, Real Estate Developer, Real Estate Agent

Doug Luba
Full-Time Resident

Lee Smith
Full-Time Resident

Bill Watkins
Greenwood/PD Resort, Property Management

Jim Griner
PDPOA, Security/First Contact for Renters