State approves short term rentals in the Panhandle

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Safety plans that allow short term vacation rentals are approved for most of The Panhandle, according to a state website.

Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation is overseeing the plans which are created and submitted by each county. So far, the agency’s website states that Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Franklin, Gulf, Walton and Santa Rosa counties are all approved.

Walton County is holding an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. today to discuss the issue.

Florida shut down short term rentals to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As the state reopens many businesses like gyms, restaurants, and salons have been allowed to reopen with restrictions set by the state.

But in this instance, state officials tasked each county with coming up with a safety plan and submitting it to the state for approval.

Our previous story is below:

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay and Okaloosa County officials said Tuesday that they have received the approval to allow short term rentals again.

Florida shut down short term rentals to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As the state reopens many businesses like gyms, restaurants and salons have been allowed to reopen with restrictions set by the state.

But in this instance, state officials tasked each county with coming up with a safety plan and submitting it to the state for approval.

Meanwhile, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Commissioners are scheduled to “discuss and take appropriate on the lifting of the Short-Term Rental Ban,” according to a news release.

This meeting will be open to the public on a limited basis in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols.

Due to the limited seating capacity, this meeting will also be accessible to the public via “Zoom.” To participate via Zoom, please see the directions that follow.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89145247727

This is a developing story and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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