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Personal views of adding more vacation rentals in Lincoln County…

Good afternoon Co. Supervisors Kaety Jacobson, Doug Hunt and Claire Hall:

I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Short Term Rental situation. I have been pretty vocal on my views since purchasing a home in Gleneden Beach last year. We are hoping to have the County reopen licensing in hopes we can share our home with others. This push out has only raised my concerns on where Lincoln County un-incorporated is going. We bought this home not only to enjoy but to have a place for me to plunk down for business too.

I have been planning and was intending on expanding my company to the Central Coast. I was pressing forward on spending thousands of dollars to marketing my company and expanding my business in your area. Well, I am not moving forward currently, and I have put the brakes on expanding my business in your area due to the efforts of anti Short Term Rental groups. If they succeed in shutting everything down, all STR’s in 5 years, limiting licensing and so on, I have zero interest in bringing my company your way. I am not going to build a company there when you have local residents who have no interest in growing your towns and seeing these cities grow and expand. Since we have purchased our home,we have had nothing but the feeling of being very unwelcome. Neighbors being rude and being outed in a letter to all that my husband and I should not be considered constituents because we don’t live there full time. This is not an area that I can afford to spend money in, if the locals want to turn your towns into ghost towns. I am #1 in the State of Oregon and Currently #15 in the Nation for selling window coverings. You need me down there as so many homes are in need blinds as you have very limited options.

Why should I, a young businesswoman, come to your area when everything right now is saying “stay out” from the locals who do not want progress. 15 neighborhood sare turning your towns into hostile areas and that is a true shame. The misinformation campaign they are shelling out to the public is so inaccurate and full of false claims.

If you have any interest in moving forward and seeing your towns grow and prosper, see the big picture here. I am not the only person who is questioning bringing work to the community. STR’s are important to my business as homes need shades. I will take my business elsewhere, to support those towns that want growth and expansion.

Look 5 years, look 10 years ahead… What do you see the County looking like? When these locals are calling for police, fire and ambulance to help them, there won’t be anyone to help because the funding that pays for those services simply won’t be there.

Heidi Gilbert
Heidi The Window Lady
www.heidithewindowlady.com

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