Measure 21-203 fails to address unlicensed STRs…
County Code Revisions Address Illegal STRs
Opinion by Lincoln Beach resident Suzan Sachdeva
Within two blocks north, east, and south of my home there are four licensed STRs. And there are at least three suspected unlicensed STRs. One of the suspect STRs recently sold. The new owner told a neighbor “only family and friends will use our new home.” Prospective buyers hear “it has been an STR for years without any issues.” I have not found any estimates as to how many unlicensed STRs operate within unincorporated Lincoln County. Hence, there is no way to estimate county revenue lost due to unlicensed STRs.
Lincoln County Commissioners listened to their constituents! Revised county code ordinances clarify STR ownership responsibilities, hold owners accountable for verified violations, and impose penalties for unlicensed STR owners. There are also more equitable ways to secure a license, more septic tank inspections (where applicable), decreased licenses available per region, caps on licensing, and a clearer complaint procedure to report unacceptable tenant behavior and illegal STRs.
Measure 21-203 phases out licensed STRs in unincorporated Lincoln County within five years. Proponent arguments are old news and fail to acknowledge revisions to county code ordinances. The measure also fails to address the real problem – unlicensed STRs with zero oversight.
If livability of your neighborhood is a priority, you have two clear choices. You can vote to: 1) apply county code to manage licensed STRs and access a much improved complaint process, OR 2) unleash the growth of illegal STRs with no deterrents.
Vote NO on Measure 21-203!