Do You See Violations Of The Governor's Suspension Of Rentals?

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  1. jodiFL

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    They arent even trying to abide by it. I just went on the site and could have booked for arrival tomorrow with NO PROBLEM. But the company handling it made the mistake of having their logo on the page and they will be promptly reported to the FLDBPR.
     
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  2. Lake View Too

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    Most of us have been asking the same question. I just read a transcript from a video our sheriff recently released, and he indicated that it is all short term rentals. he said "The only people who should be on the beach right now are property owners or local residents." He also said "It's getting out of hand, but we can't deal with it if we don't know about it." He seemed to be urging people to report visitors that were breaking the ban, and that some people will be told to vacate and possibly be prosecuted. There has been no end date to the ban announced, so it seems like the powers that be are going to be waiting anxiously for several more weeks for more data to be compiled before thinking about any change of course.
     
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    If you see it call the WCSO. I know for a fact they will go to the house in question and talk to the people there. I am sure if it is a party of more than 10 they will be asked to leave. And we all know those monster houses on 30A sleep 20+. Or we can just sit back and let them have our area, put us all at risk and possibly kill a few of us. If it has a company sign (rental company) please report it to the link at the top of this thread. These folks that are defying the ban are getting all the rewards ($$$$$$) and WE are getting all the risks.
     
  4. bob1

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    You're kidding yourself. The Sheriff and every other county employee dances to tourist tunes.
     
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    Our sheriff and his staff are doing a fantastic job considering the circumstances.
     
  6. Bob Wells

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    Not sure what you mean.
     
  7. jodiFL

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    No, our sheriff has asked for us, the citizens of Walton Co., to help him help us. And I will if I see it. I know of at least one instance that a house full of visitors were called in and the deputy was there within 20 minutes and within an hour of that they were gone. So he IS doing his part. He just needs to know which rental property to go to.
     
  8. liz coats

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    I see that Elon Musk has weighed in on the situation with people being ordered to stay at home and other restrictions. He's even called it fascism. He's a smart guy, so he may be on to something.
     
  9. bob1

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    Just for show. Very few officials want to enforce, from the Governor's office on down, President really. Give it a a couple of weeks and things will be back to normal without much fuss. What I see is a red and blue issue and from Lake City west we are 99% red.
     
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    It really doesn't serve the county well to have a paternalistic sheriff cultivating an Orwellian society where folks are encouraged to monitor their neighbors and report alleged violations. Trying to enforce "protective" ordinances that go against personal liberty and are so completely antithetical to the beach culture of South Walton is ridiculous! He would do well to follow the lead of many sheriffs across the USA who have pledged to respect Americans' freedom to travel, worship, recreate, etc. -- without surveillance or the threat of interference from government agents.

    The constant drumbeat from the news cycle, distorted data, and plain old "ignorance" is feeding an avalanche of nanny-state rules and compliance enforcement. It's time people go back to minding their own business, get control of their emotions -- and stop trying to punish others in an attempt to mitigate their fears.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    - Ben Franklin
     
  11. raven316

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    What tripe.
     
  12. Poppaj

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    That Franklin quote in context means the opposite of what what you are attempting to convey.
    He was writing about a tax dispute between the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the family of the Penns, the proprietary family of the Pennsylvania colony who ruled it from afar. And the legislature was trying to tax the Penn family lands to pay for frontier defense during the French and Indian War. And the Penn family kept instructing the governor to veto. Franklin felt that this was a great affront to the ability of the legislature to govern. And so he actually meant purchase a little temporary safety very literally. The Penn family was trying to give a lump sum of money in exchange for the General Assembly's acknowledging that it did not have the authority to tax it.
    The quote is actually in support of the authority of government.
     
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  13. bob1

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    Visiting from Michigan? lol nice first post. Tell us more.
     
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    As a former county employee married to a retired deputy sheriff...you couldn't be more wrong. The TDC is supposed to make visitors happy. The rest of us just try to deal with the chaos.
     
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    County employees can pretend they don't work for tourists and the tourism industry but that doesn't make it true. The BCC is owned by business, which is tourism and everything related including retail, restaurants, services, real estate and development. The South Walton Small business lobby bought the BCC and calls the shots.
     
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    All true.
    However I am following the Sheriff and his actions and words. While our BCC is opening beaches and encouraging people to travel here in the peak of a pandemic, I do see the Sheriff doing his part to discourage travel here and enforce rules and guidelines. I really appreciate it.

    I have heard and read the words of some of our Walton County Commissioners. Sharing some cut and paste crap about ending stay at home orders because we are making our essential workers do all the work while we stay home and do nothing. I am sad that this is who we are in Walton County. But the Sheriff was at the meeting giving real data and real talk about what will happen once we open up beaches, rentals and businesses as usual. Again, I really appreciate it. A lone voice of reason with the mission to serve and protect our community.

    I have a new respect and appreciation for our Sheriff's department. I haven't always agreed with his stance or methods. But I think he's all we have going for us at the moment in a position of leadership in a county where we have very few leaders. And in a beach town where literally no one is in charge besides the TDC. In times like these leadership is everything.
     
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    Sheriff Department depends on citizen reports of short term rentals violations.

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    “It’s getting out of hand,” Adkinson said.

    But, he added, “we can’t deal with it if we don’t know about it.”

    “If you don’t live or own property here, you’re not supposed to be here,” Adkinson said.

    “The only people who should be on the beach right now are property owners or local residents,” he added.

    ...throughout recent days, Adkinson has expressed concern about that, pointing out that people may be coming into the county from “hot spots” — areas of the country where COVID-19 is more widespread than in other areas of the country.

    ...In the March 27 order, DeSantis noted that “many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have resulted from individuals coming into the state of Florida from international travel and other states, posing great risk to Florida residents.”

    ....During his now-weekly Thursday “Sheriff Live” interactive social media livestream broadcast, Adkinson provided the office’s administrative phone number (892-8186), and its non-emergency phone number (892-8111), as a means for people with information on potential violations of the short-term rental ban to contact the sheriff’s office.

    Violation of the short-term rental ban is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500.

    “We put a group of 15 out from New York last week,” the sheriff said Thursday.

    The sheriff’s office also “took care of another one (alleged vacation rental violation) from Tennessee,” Adkinson said, adding that a couple of cases likely are headed for prosecution....”
     
  18. Sun Chaser

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    LOL. This should be made into bumper stickers and T-shirts.
     
  19. Jim Tucker

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    I think that is every city in our southern drive market to begin with.
     
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    This is crazy. Why the hell can't people just stay away?
     

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