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.
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:
- Identify trends related to short-term rentals
- 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)
- 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
- Engage key constituencies to understand their perspective regarding short-term rentals, and to acquire feedback regarding potential policies
- Formulate any specific policies required to help achieve balance among owners who rent and those who do not
- 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
The committee presented its final recommendations to the Board of Directors at the October 17 meeting. Click here for full presentation. The Board passed many of the Short-Term Rental motions during the January and February 2020 Board Meetings. During the May 2020 Board Meeting, there was discussion on the set of May motions but no vote was taken.
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
- Background Research
- Short-Term Rentals Ad Hoc Committee Charter
- A Summary Review of Palmetto Dunes
- Meeting Minutes-April 2019
- Meeting Minutes-May 2019
- Meeting Minutes-June 4, 2019
- Meeting Minutes-June 18, 2019
- Meeting Minues-August 6, 2019
- Meeting Minues-August 22, 2019
- Meeting Minutes-September 24, 2019
- Meeting Minutes-October 11, 2019
- Committee Recommendations
Short-Term Rental Motions
Ad Hoc Committee Members
Rents and Full-Time Resident
Full-Time Resident, Real Estate Developer, Real Estate Agent
Greenwood/PD Resort, Property Management
PDPOA, Security/First Contact for Renters