- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Biloxi City council has turned down a proposed overlay district for short-term rentals. The city has been studying the idea for more than a year.

Councilman Paul Tisdale said Tuesday there’s a place for short-term rentals, but he didn’t like the proposal the Planning Commission recommended for an overlay district in East Biloxi. He said the proposal needs more work.

Residents who oppose short-term rentals said they were against an overlay and don’t want any in their neighborhoods.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1lv8w8T0) the city council has approved four short-term-rental units, and three of those property owners attended Tuesday’s meeting saying more would be good for Biloxi.

James Barney Foster said his neighbors saw long-term and short-term rentals. “They preferred the short-term rentals,” he said. “We have to keep those houses up, just like a hotel does,” he said.

Donna Munro and Joe Meek said they are remodeling their condo on Reynoir Street inside and out and have rented to families, to CEOs of Trump and other companies and to an official from Canada.

“We’re getting some fantastic renters coming in,” Meek said.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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