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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.

    • Bob Silva

      People may be renting fire traps and worse yet the insurance will not pay for injuries or damage if the home is being use commercially.

      • Mac

        So what you are saying is that the current officials aren’t properly doing their jobs in the first place, or these fire traps and worse wouldn’t exist to be able to be rented out.

        • Bob Silva

          Basically, yes on enforcement of ordiances the Council keeps passing. Point is the robo cans in front of homes . Council passed an ordinance that they must be behind the house line. It has been over a month since my 2nd visit that I have addressed this problem with department officials and it continues. Now in the 2nd year and I have provides answers on how to warn and then enforce. I even provide the town with away to enforce the renting of houses but nothing has been done except to pay lawyers to rewrite the ordinances. Requiring a business license in order to rent, sprinklers, and the correct insurance can slow down this problem. We don’t want to become like some of the towns were landlords rent anything and never see or do repairs to the house.

          • Mac

            Best of luck trying to make your Toms River neighborhood a better place to live. Most of the mentality of the total operation of Toms River government still dates back to when Route 37 was a two-lane road decorated with broken down pickup trucks sitting on cinder blocks in front yards. In today’s world, many of the ’60s personnel are still there (just like the county government,) and those that have been replaced have never been required to master both reading and writing (a proud tradition, perhaps a 300-year-old traditional badge of honor even.) When one uses the freedom of information act to access employment contracts in Toms River, one can’t help but notice that most of the signatures are still signed with an ‘X’, both those applying and those confirming the application. So sad, but also so, so real.

    • Bob Silva

      You are SOOOOOO correct in your statement