DESTIN — The City Council unanimously agreed Monday to adopt an ordinance that contains various rules recommended by the short-term rental stakeholder task force.
Among other requirements, the ordinance calls for each owner of a short-term rental property to register with Destin and appoint a person to serve as the “responsible party” for the property.
A short-term rental is defined as any occupancy of a single-family dwelling unit from one day to no more than six months. Condominiums and apartments do not have to be registered as short-term rentals with the city.
The cost of each registration is $200. Fines or liens could be imposed against a property owner or property for failing to register.
As of last week, about 1,600 short-term rental properties had been registered with the city, according to City Manager Carisse LeJeune.
The new ordinance also calls for the posting of a sign outside of a residence that clearly identifies the management company responsible for the property and the phone number of the responsible party.
In addition, a new rule prohibits trash containers from being placed at the curb before noon of the day before pickup, and requires the containers to be removed before midnight of the day of pickup.
In other business Monday, the council agreed to table until July 2 its consideration of the proposed public benefit of a possible new docking facility that could be built next to Norriego Point.
The city's land-use attorney apparently needs more time to review certain items pertaining to the possible 50-slip Pointe Resort.