Tybee City Council votes on short-term rentals, golf cart ordinance and liquor permits

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) – UPDATE – Tybee Island City Council voted on big changes to the island on Thursday night.

The changes include a new pricing structure for short-term vacation rentals. Previously, homeowners had to pay a renewal fee of $ 100. Now they will pay a base fee of $ 200, plus other fees depending on the number of people staying there.

The Council also approved a golf cart ordinance, requiring inspections within 48 hours of arrival on the island instead of 10 days, as well as increased fees over the next five years for permits to alcohol.

Tybee Island City Council will vote on three ordinances Thursday night. These include changes to liquor license fees, golf cart inspections and STVRs.

These three ordinances are at second reading. This means that they will officially come into force if the council votes to pass them.

The big talker over all three is the new pricing structure for short-term vacation rentals. Previously, homeowners had to pay a renewal fee of $ 100 each year at no additional cost. City Manager Shawn Gillen said Thursday’s vote would make it a base fee of $ 200 for renewals, plus other fees depending on the number of people staying there.

Gillen says it’s because when there are more people staying overnight, there is more need for police, code enforcement and fire departments.

“So it’s a three-level structure. People with STVRs that on their request indicate an occupancy of 1 to 5 pay $ 10 per person in addition to a base rate of $ 200. Occupancy level 6-10 they will pay $ 15 per person and over ten it will be $ 20 per person. The bigger your STVR, the more you’ll pay, ”said Gillen.

The council will also vote on a golf cart ordinance that will require inspections within 48 hours of arriving on the island instead of 10 days and a vote on liquor license fees.

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