County is working on its ‘safety plan’ for vacation rentals

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This story has been updated to add news of a meeting of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council on Tuesday, May 19, at 9 a.m., and add a link to the state-issued recommendations as of May 18.

  • The seal of Nassau County, Florida.
    The seal of Nassau County, Florida.
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According to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “full” Phase One reopening plan for the state in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Florida’s 67 counties may now “seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting a written request and county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation” effective Monday, May 18.

In response to the governor’s announcement Friday, the county’s public information officer, Sabrina Robertson, issued this statement via a news release: “The County, in conjunction with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be drafting a plan following those guidelines as quickly as possible.”

The DBPR posted their minimum recommendations for vacation rentals of all lengths here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/os/documents/2020.05.15%20Posted%20Recommended%20Safety%20Measures%20and%20Best%20Practices%20for%20Vacation%20Rentals.pdf

The Amelia Island Tourist Development Council scheduled a meeting for 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the measures for vacation rentals and the regulations to be submitted to the DBPR for consideration. The meeting will be held at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097. The meeting is open to the public with limited seating, according to a public notice sent Monday afternoon. The public may also participate remotely:

  • Email comments@nassaucountyfl.com to have comments read into the record.
  • If you want to be called during the meeting, please email that address and leave your name and phone number and a request to be called, or you may leave a message at (904) 530-6009. The AITDC is supposed to have someone check it and write down any voicemails that are received. All emails or voicemails must be received by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the public notice.
  • Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in this program of activity should contact the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau at (904) 277-4369.

According to an email from Robertson sent Monday afternoon, "The TDC members, with the exception of Mr. Langley & Chairman Leeper, will be participating remotely. Mr. Langley and Chairman Leeper will join Mr. Mullin & Mr. Pope in the Chambers for the meeting. This meeting will not be streamed because it is not a meeting of the BOCC. You are welcome to attend in person or you can listen in," Robertson wrote. The number to call is (872) 240-3212, access code 546-149-645.

"As you know, tourism has a great impact on Nassau County's economic health and there are many property owners who are suffering from loss of income since vacation rentals were suspended," the news release sent earlier Monday says. "On March 24th, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-82 mandating that anyone arriving to Florida from the New York Tri State area quarantine for fourteen days. On March 27th, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-86 which includes the State of Louisiana. Both Executive Orders have been extended by the Governor. All lodging industries, including vacation rentals, will adhere to the Executive Orders and monitor visitors closely."