AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.
The Town Board’s business was once again consumed by the issue of airbnbs —unregulated short term rentals booked on the Internet — at the regular Town Board meeting Friday, July 15 and at Tuesday’s work session.
The proliferation of the unregulated rentals has sparked outrage from some residents, who complain about Island residences turned into so-called “party houses” nearly every weekend with drunken and loutish behavior disturbing the peace and changing the character of their neighborhoods. (more…)
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK A featured letter this week is calling on the Town Board to regulate short term rentals booked through the internet.
A pressing menace
To the Editor:
Flophouse — it’s what comes to mind thinking about what is happening on Shelter Island.
Dating back to the 19th century, a flophouse was a place offering cheap, substandard lodging and services; it’s occupants were mainly transient. (more…)
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Shelter Island may be separated from the rest of the world by two ferries, but it doesn’t mean issues affecting neighbors on the North and South forks haven’t found their way here.
There are 77 listings on airbnb.com — a few that are legitimately licensed B&B operations, including two that appear in the Shelter Island telephone book. But the others are private houses providing rooms for guests with no licensing or inspections. (more…)