- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council has passed an ordinance allowing short-term rentals, like Airbnb.

Multiple media outlets report Thursday’s vote was 6-1 with Councilman Jared Brossett casting the lone dissenting vote.

The preliminary vote came after a nearly three hour meeting before a standing-room only crowd. The ordinance will be voted on at a later date to become a law.

Supporters say short-term rentals allow homeowners to generate additional income. Those opposed say the spread of tourism to residential areas hurts the quality of life.

Councilman Jason Williams says the panel has ensured that an already bad situation will not get worse. He says the city has put in place “the most robust set of restrictions on Airbnb.”

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