Quality of life more valuable than tourism

November 5, 2013 

I hope people who read Tim Doyle's Oct. 31 column in the Herald, "Florida should keep existing rules on short-term rentals," recognized its shallowness. The primary purpose of local zoning has always been to limit or segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible or adversely affect living in a community.

Yet the three arguments made by Mr. Doyle (to retain a state law that prohibits local governments from any local regulation of short-term rentals) all have one rationale -- this prohibition helps the tourist economy. I hope we have not reached a point where quality of life is irrelevant; and our only value is a monetary one.

Jeff Hale


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