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Toms River ‘Airbnb’ Ordinance Revised for Barrier Island, Sparking Concern From Mainland Resident

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For rent sign. (File Photo)
For rent sign. (File Photo)

An ordinance aimed at preventing short-term home rentals such as those booked on the website ‘Airbnb’ was tweaked this week to exclude barrier island neighborhoods from the regulations, which essentially ban short-term rentals. But one mainland resident said that it is not fair to those who live on lagoons on the west side of the bay, which also could be attractive for vacationers.

“The short-term rental ordinance has become a problem for me,” said Edward Correale, who owns a home in the Snug Harbor neighborhood. “The lagoon sections bridge the gap between the two areas.”

The ordinance prohibits short-term rentals of less than 30 days on the mainland, but excepts the barrier island, where a minimum of two days is required.

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The ordinance has faced controversy and delays. Some in the business community believed the law would negatively affect commerce, but residents –mainly those in North Dover and Silverton – praised the ordinance because, they say, vacant homes neighboring their own have become party houses with transients renting for a night or two.

Council members did not comment on whether they would consider expanding the exception to lagoon-front neighborhoods on the mainland.

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  • Rich W

    It’s bad enough that every house on the barrier island can be a motel with transients who may not care that their parties and frequent comings and goings could disrupt the peace and quiet that their neighbors deserve…

    Now that single mainland homeowner wants to inflict all that on his neighbors by getting the township to allow it everywhere.

    Perhaps that homeowner should move to the barrier island and open his house for business.

  • Mac

    Aren’t there already laws on the books for disorderly household events? Perhaps animal house laws would fit this situation more correctly than simply banning everything that can turn a profit for anyone except government.