BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held its second public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.
During the long and spirited public debate about proposed regulation of the Island’s short-term rentals (STRs), sound arguments have been made by both sides.
Bu sadly, vitriol has marred discussions at Town Board meetings, during two public hearings and in letters to this newspaper. Longtime observers of town issues have said they’ve never seen anything like it. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held a public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.
The same arguments for and against regulating short-term rentals (STRs) were aired at a public hearing before the Town Board on Friday, April 7, similar to a January hearing as well as comments before the board for the last 18 months.
But a few differences emerged at the school auditorium with about 120 people in attendance. There was an address by an attorney hired by anti-regulation residents; several neighborhood association representatives came out in favor of regulations; an extended pitch was given by an executive from Airbnb on the benefits of STRs; a man left because he said he was at the wrong meeting; and somehow a connection was made between federal government investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and STRs on Shelter Island. (more…)
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To the Editor:
It befuddles why your editorial (“Vote no on extra transportation costs”, March 16), is painting the petition to transport students to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) as an adversary of the school district budget. The proposed budget for 2017-18 is $11,291,936. The cost to transport students to OLH (if transportation is not shared with Hayground and Ross) is $65,736. That’s 0.58 percent, half of one percent, of the entire budget. To target this expense as the line item that will “break the bank” is sheer nonsense. We can do math. (more…)
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The Town Board recently held a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. Readers weighed in this week on the issue. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.
To the Editor:
I can fully understand the cry for some legislation so that Shelter Island does not become the melting pot for partiers who have been turned away from Montauk, which is not a pretty scene. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Resident Chuck Kraus addressing the Town Board Tuesday on the issue of short-term rentals.
Councilman Paul Shepherd characterized it as the “the elephant in the room.” Supervisor Jim Dougherty called it “the main event ” of Tuesday’s Town Board work session.
But it took a while to acknowledge the elephant and kick off the main event. (more…)