By Tim O’Meilia
    
Owners who rent out their single-family homes in Ocean Ridge will now have to register each rental property at Town Hall for $50 annually.
    But some residents say the rental registration will do little to discourage short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods.
    “It’s not going to do anything to the bad guys,” resident Bernd Schulte told the Town Commission at the June 3 meeting after members voted 4-0 to institute the registration requirement. “The good guys are going to register, but the bad guys aren’t. I think you’re wasting your time.”
    Residents have complained that weekly and even biweekly rentals disrupt single-family neighborhoods and that renters have no investment in the upkeep and security of the neighborhood.
    Town law allows homes to be rented for a minimum of 30 days and forbids homes from being occupied by more than five unrelated persons.  
    The registration law does not apply to apartments or dwellings governed by a condominium association or cooperative.
    Violators could be fined up to $250 for a first offense and $500 for further violations. But some residents pointed out that one oceanfront estate rented for $8,000 a week and that a $250 fine would be little deterrent.
    “I would really like to see something that carries a strong penalty,” said resident Betty Bingham. She also wants the 30-day rental minimum expanded. “The issue is we’re not correcting the problem.”
    In March, Police Chief Chris Yannuzzi said 14 complaints of short-term rentals were made, but most at the same property. He said enforcement typically depends on neighbors filing a complaint.
    “This is still going to rely on our neighbors to complain,” Commissioner Gail Adams Aaskov said. “This all seems a little ridiculous,” said Debbie Brookes, whose husband, Ed, is a commissioner. “It’s only going to be enforced if they register. Basically, this ordinance doesn’t have any teeth.”
    In other business, the Town Commission:
• Edged toward reversing decades-old plans to phase out the town’s only commercial strip, asking Town Manager Ken Schenck to negotiate the cost of a change in the town’s comprehensive plan to allow both commercial and residential uses at the 5011 building on North Ocean Boulevard at the town’s south border. The two-story, five-store and four-apartment property is scheduled to become residential-only in July 2014. Building owner Lisa Sivitilli agreed to bring plans to spruce up the strip for continued commercial use. The building houses a barber shop, real estate office, a triathlon shop, The Coastal Star and an empty store. The plan changes could cost $10,000.
    • Approved spending $213,000 from town reserves for drainage repairs to the Inlet Cay cul-de-sac.
    • Tentatively approved, by a 3-1 vote, a $1,000 bonus to retiring police Sgt. Eve Eubanks. Commissioner Ed Brookes said the bonus violates a policy set by the commission two years ago to give $100 bonuses for each year after 20 years to retiring employees. Eubanks was a 15-year employee.                                   Ú

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