State should quit restricting local governments

March 2, 2014 

Ever notice how parochial or self-serving ideas are often wrapped in the mantle of "reasonable," "measured" or "balanced" to make them more palatable to others?

The Feb. 26 Herald editorial on vacation home rentals is the most recent example I found. You don't actually want local governments to be able to regulate themselves ("out of fears that some communities would establish outright bans on home rentals and self-destruct."), so you advocate a "balanced" approach in which the state would let communities have some partial control.

I suggest the state, and editorial writers at the Bradenton Herald, let governments work. If Anna Maria takes action that adversely affects its residents, then its voters can correct the problem.

State government has enough to do without intervening in local issues. If our state Legislature hadn't done so in 2011 (in prohibiting local governments from regulating vacation rental homes), we wouldn't have this problem now.

Jeff Hale


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