While residents in the Spanish Town Historic District want the city-parish to regulate the short-term rentals in their neighborhood, a proposed ordinance that surfaced recently is not what they had in mind. “(It’s) basically trying to take away the property rights of people who live here,” said Mary Jane Marcantel, a board member and spokeswoman of the Historic Spanish Town Civic Association. “It needs to be modified.” Many residents have grown frustrated with the growing number of short-term rentals in the neighborhood, and the excessive noise and parking nightmares that have accompanied them. They also want to block more outside developers from coming in and renovating dilapidated properties just to turn them into mini-motels with no onsite management. However, Marcantel and other longtime residents of the downtown neighborhood are annoyed they were excluded from discussions among their Metro Council representative, downtown officials and lobbyists taking up the interests of outside investors and the Airbnb industry that led up to the proposed ordinance circulating through the community. Short-term rentals in BR: Spanish Town residents ask Metro Council for ‘sensible regulations’ Residents in one of the Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhoods have launched a crusade for regulations to prevent vacant homes being flipped… Read full this story
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