Discussion on short term rental postponed in Brunswick County

Discussion on short term rental postponed in Brunswick County

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) - The Southport Board of Aldermen postponed a public meeting regarding short term rentals Monday.

“We are looking towards an ordinance that will allow the economic advantage,” said Mayor Joe Pat Hatem. "But also want to keep our quaint village atmosphere.

A few complaints have already risen over the years about parking and safety in the area, Hatem said. Occupancy tax is also a big concern-- whether homeowners that rent out using Aribnb or VRBO are actually paying what they should.

The meeting, which was set to merely be a discussion on policy and procedure, was postponed due to lack of space in the Indian Trail Meeting Hall and because the aldermen thought the Southport City Planning Board should be at the meeting also.

Dozens showed up to the scheduled meeting, including Aywanna Monroe, who plans on renting rooms in her home through Airbnb and VRBO beginning in April.

“I imagine it’s going to add some additional fees which I anticipated. So I checked into it last year and there were no fees or regulations around it. I think I’m fortunate because I live just outside of the actual city limits, so they said it would still be subject to the Southport regulations but I’m not really concerned,” she said.

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