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Charlotte O'rourke

It would be interesting to see a breakdown in numbers of STRs by geographic location.

Walter Dannenmaier

Hmm.... Thinking Denver Court, for example, Charlotte?

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Glad to see this registration happening.

Walter Dannenmaier

"The goal is to have a system that will make it easier to process collections, map out where rentals are and to identify properties that generate a lot of complaints, he said.

“Our current process is very manual,” Frazier said." That's Bryson Frazier speaking. How about getting that nice California company that generously provided parking meters downtown in exchange for 90% of the revenue? I strongly suspect they would be willing to help themselves again and help us too! Perhaps they could put a pay station in front of each short term rental. The property owner could get what's left after the Californians and Park Board get their cut. Have the Park Board use some of the money to lobby for I-45 to be extended to Pelican Island so we can tap into that Eternal I-45 Construction Fund.

Brian Maxwell

The city owns the parking meters downtown. There is no revenue sharing nor has there ever been with this system since Hurricane Ike.

Walter Dannenmaier

This one explicitly says revenue sharing.

More fake news?https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2010/07/15/21875/no-more-free-parking-in-downtown-galveston/

Walter Dannenmaier

Oops, another one! I was wondering if my memory had failed. But perhaps these news articles have a different definition of "revenue sharing". Or maybe "never" doesn't mean what I think it does.

Walter Dannenmaier

https://www.galvnews.com/news/article_15d3a0a9-a56d-5312-b391-4d7c216e20c3.html

Walter Dannenmaier

Mr Maxwell, at first I considered the possibility that I had misremembered the downtown parking debate. But I am easily finding articles from the Daily News and other sources that appear to directly contradict your assertion here. I prefer to think the best of my city, so I invite you to clarify the situation. Kindest Regards! https://www.galvnews.com/news/local_news/article_a92a71ce-392d-11e3-8124-0019bb30f31a.html

Charlotte O'rourke

Hi Walter, yes - Denver Court being one area. But, I’m thinking all geographic neighborhoods in Galveston. The article said 30% increase since May. Where? There was an editorial recently from a resident in an East End neighborhood that said he felt surrounded by STRs. I was wondering #s - where and how many compared to number of resident homes in that neighborhood?

I expect the EEHD to continue to commercialize as the STR market demand increases due to the new cruise terminal and cruisers wanting a place to stay in close proximity. But numbers would be nice to prove or disprove perceptions.

It’s important to protect property rights, residents, and neighborhoods. But it is a complex issue that definitely needs balance.

Bailey Jones

Some sort of map or spreadsheet would be nice. Looking at Airbnb's map (and understanding that Airbnb doesn't list all of the STRs) they seem to be pretty evenly sprinkled throughout the island. About 5-10% of homes in most east end neighborhoods and up to 40-50% in parts of the west end. According to the census, Galveston has 20,700 households. If that translates into houses / apartments, then STRs are about 15% of the occupied housing stock.

Charlotte O'rourke

Bailey, yes - a map like on Airbnb would be great showing all Galveston STRs. A downloadable spreadsheet with numbers and/or report tracking trends as PB, city, and port decisions influence the character of a neighborhood and whether families want to live here.

It’s hard to tell how many STRs exist in my neighborhood. I know there are several, but they are not shown on the Airbnb map.

I would like to have baseline numbers as I prefer to have actual facts versus what I believe to be true or based on anecdotal reports, and to analyze if my projections of increases over the next few years actually occurs.

Mary Branum

An STR is to assimilate into a neighborhood, not be a standout. The very reason I worked with the City for a "no signage" ordinance was to not be visible, respect the neighborhood and not advertise to the criminal element. The listing sites don't publish addresses for a reason - security and safety. I hope the Park Board and City will respect the same.

Charlotte O'rourke

Mary, thanks for responding. When the PB first went live with STRs there was an online report that listed STRs and addresses on its website.

But, I’m mostly interested in numbers of STRs in each neighborhood. Is there such a report?

Mary Branum

There is no such report. Nor have STR’s that no longer operate been purged from the registration. Until a system is in place to accurately monitor, numbers are only a guess.

If one is not aware of STR’s in their neighborhood, that is a good thing which means no issues.

Charlotte O'rourke

Mary, The hyperlink below is a dataset from Austin on STRs. It lists block and street location, but not specific address.

https://data.austintexas.gov/City-Government/Short-Term-Rental-Locations/2fah-4p7e

However, the Airbnb map shows house picture and block and street but not specific address, but you just have to drive down the street to locate which house is the STR.

The point is: I think Galveston should have a way to determine general locations of STRs to help monitor the residential health of neighborhoods.

Let me be clear - I’m not against STRs, but open government should report numbers for tracking change.

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