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Morro Bay keeps vacation rentals capped

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Morro Bay residents asked for strict regulation of vacation rentals at the April 24 City Council meeting.

"I want to live in a community that welcomes and accommodates families with children," Carol Swin said during public comment. "We wholeheartedly welcome tourists to Morro Bay ... we can coexist here, just not in our residential neighborhoods."

Swin said that she currently lives in a single-family residential zoned neighborhood that consists of families with children. Her main concern is with the interim tenants that she and other neighbors aren't familiar with who occupy the rentals in her neighborhood.

The council voted to extend the current vacation rental urgency ordinance (initially passed in 2016)—continuing the cap of 250 vacation rentals within city limits.

Councilmembers Marlys McPherson and John Headding were appointed to a council subcommittee to communicate with the public and various stakeholders on the issue.

In 2016, there were 170 legally operating vacation rentals in Morro Bay. Community Development Director Scot Graham said there was talk of about 70 to 80 more rentals that weren't registered, but once the city established the urgency ordinance that June, the 250-cap was hit within a few months.

He said the city is working on a comprehensive draft ordinance—which is intended to be complete by September—creating permanent regulations for vacation rentals in the city. Δ

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