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Gearhart property owners miffed by proposed vacation rental rules

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GEARHART, OR. (AP) -

Property owners who offer short-term vacation rentals in the seaside town of Gearhart are pushing back against an ordinance that would place new restrictions on them.

The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that some are asking city leaders for a compromise after commissioning a survey on the issue.

The City Council will vote to finalize the new regulations Sept. 7.

Permit applicants would be required to complete forms, pay $600 and provide proof of inspection to operate a short-term rental.

The ordinance requires a 24-hour property owner representative, a $125 inspection and a posted tsunami evacuation map.

Permit holders would need to pay city vacation rental taxes.

Short-term vacation rentals have become an increasingly divisive issue in Oregon's coastal communities, including Gearhart, as online rental booking sites proliferate.

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