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Letter to the Editor: Vacation Rentals

Editorial from Sally Rose of South Beach

I suppose we’ve learned from our politicians that if you don’t have a sound argument, just make stuff up.  This appears to be the approach that one resident has taken regarding vacation rentals in Lincoln County.

To begin with, it’s pretty easy out there to suggest that the unemployment that hit Lincoln County last spring was due to the suspension of vacation rentals.  Perhaps she missed the fact that there is a pandemic which has brutalized populations and economies world-wide.
Still, she sure spouts off lots of statistics with no reference to their origin.   She continues with odd references to gated communities, out-of-staters, and decimated economies.  What?!  Lincoln County was rolling along just fine before the surge in vacation rentals. 
I note from her website, that she moved up here from southern California less that ten years ago.
She completely ignores the point that no one is suggesting a complete ban on vacation rentals, only that they be kept in check and regulated so that they do not impose themselves on those of us who live here to the benefit of those who don’t.  I know first-hand of an incident recently where vacation rental occupants set off bottle rockets late at night.  No owner was around to put a stop to it, and there is not enough staff in our Sheriff’s Office to patrol all these facilities around the county at all hours.  
We need to have an objective, fact-based discussion of this issue rather than pontifications from those who make a profit at the expense of those of us who live and work here.
Sally Rose
South Beach
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The above commentary on the growth of Short Term Rentals in various areas of Lincoln County was strictly the opinion of the writer.  It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com nor its staff.  However we do continue to invite the views and opinions of other residents and/or visitors to the Oregon Coast to let their views be known about the growth of VRD’s and STR’s along the Oregon Coast.  Send your comments to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.
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