City Council packed its chamber, and then some, on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as it heard public comment on two hot topics: proposed changes to the rules for Homestay guest accommodations and increased fines for violations of the city’s existing prohibition on short-term housing rentals (STRs).
In the end, Council voted to defer making a decision on the Homestay ordinance, while approving an increase in STR fines from $100 to $500 per day.
With an overflow crowd spilling into an additional room on the first floor of City Hall and 62 citizens signed up to speak at the meeting, Council, city staff and attendees settled in for a long night. The session wrapped up at 10 p.m., five hours after the meeting had begun.
Watch for full coverage of the meeting and its implications tomorrow.
In the meantime, here’s a play-by-play take on the whole meeting via Twitter: