City Votes on Short-Term Rentals Tomorrow


There is a Senate Committee voting on short-term rentals (SB 824) tomorrow. Since we know this has been a hot issue for many of you, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the details. At the bottom of this email there is contact information for the City office, if you wish to call or email, to voice concerns or ask questions. 

SB 824 would do the following:

• Remove the grandfather clause currently protecting those cities who were regulating short-term rentals (STRs) prior to 2011.

• Preempt to the FL Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) the regulation of vacation rentals.

• Require that any ordinances (noise, parking, trash, etc.), must apply to all residential properties, regardless of how the property is being used.

• Restrict local governments from imposing occupancy limits on rental properties, or requiring inspections or licensing of rentals (specific to STRs).

On-going concerns regarding short-term rentals:

• The vacation rental industry has exploded in the last five years. This shows that local government regulation of these properties hasn’t stifled the market in any way.

• As the industry has grown, DBPR has done nothing to ensure compliance with current state licensing requirements. DBPR is overworked and understaffed. DBPR could not handle the administrative burden created by vacation rentals after local governments were preempted in 2011 and is even less equipped to do so now.

• A solution is needed that balances the property rights of all. Issues with unruly behavior, parking and public safety are destroying the residential character of traditional neighborhoods. Residents suer while corporations profit.

• This is a local zoning issue. Commercial activity in residential neighborhoods is regulated for good reason: to protect residents and ensure adequate infrastructure is in place.

• Removing the grandfather provision negatively impacts the property rights of Floridians who purchased their property with the reasonable expectation that they would be living around other long-term residents. An investor would be able to purchase the property next door and turn it into a party house in areas where short-term rentals are currently prohibited.

• The ripple eect of unregulated short-term rentals is exacerbating the aordable housing crisis. Homes are being converted into mini-hotels, thereby reducing long-term rental stock available in communities and causing a workforce housing shortage.

Please contact committee members ASAP to voice any concerns or ask questions:

Wilton Simpson (R-10), Chair

(850) 487-5010



Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-27),

Vice Chair

(850) 487-5027



Randolph Bracy (D-11)

(850) 487-5011



Rob Bradley (R-5)

(850) 487-5005



Jeff Brandes (R-24)

(850) 487-5024



Oscar Braynon (D-35)

(850) 487-5035



Gary Farmer (D-34)

(850) 487-5034



Audrey Gibson (D-6)

(850) 487-5006



Travis Hutson (R-7)

(850) 487-5007



Kathleen Passidomo (R-28)

(850) 487-5028


Annual CBA Spring Picnic!


Join us in celebrating Neighborhoods Day at the Annual CBA Spring Picnic!

This year, we are so lucky and excited to say that we have the VERY talented Chef Franke catering our picnic! You can find him on facebook at Chef Franke Lee or check out his website:

Blue crab beignets
Thai chicken curry
Chopped Thai salad


As usual, we are inviting guests to bring any dish they’d like to show off to add to the occasion as well as a chair.

We will have lots of special visitors stopping by – First Responders, City Officials and more! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and enjoying some lovely Floridian sunshine, hope to see you there!

Annual Beachwalk / Walk This Saturday!

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To register online, click HERE
Or you can register, in person, on the day of the fundraiser.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful event. Non-perishable food donations for RCS are encouraged at both the Chapel and Palm Pavilion. Saturday February 2, 2019. Start time 8:30am at the Palm Pavilion. Registration begins at 7:30am at the Palm Pavilion. All participants will receive a Beachwalk/Walk t-shirt.

Approximately a two-mile out and back walk—on the sand going South with a turn-around at Surf Style, returning North via the Beachwalk and Mandalay Avenue, ending at the front door of Chapel by the Sea.

A hearty breakfast for all registered participants and sponsors at the Chapel, following the walk.

Everyone is invited to attend the Walk Silent Auction. Last year’s Auction was a tremendous success. 2019 will be enhanced with an even bigger and better array of auction items. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.)

If Beachwalk/Walk is cancelled due to weather, registration will still take place at the Palm Pavilion. The breakfast and auction will still be held at the Chapel, and participants will receive a t-shirt and a goody bag.


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Annual CBA Holiday Party!

Neighbors and Friends!

Please join us Saturday, December 15th at 6:30 for our Annual Holiday Party! We will gather at Chapel-By-The-Sea (54 Bay Esplanade) to enjoy some good food, games, fun, and our last meeting of the year.

This meeting happens to be a biggie, too – we will elect new board members for 2019! Guests will have the opportunity to renew or sign up for the next year: $25/household. Non-member guests are $5 at the door.

The fabulous, Chef Ken Hawi (, will be proving our main course (chicken picatta, vegetable lasagna, & strawberry fields salad) and beverages will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share! 

Lastly, don’t forget to dig deep in the back of your closet and find a good gag-gift for our bingo game! This item can be new or used, hilarious, or useful – up to you!

Land-Based Shark Fishing

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The Florida Wildlife Commission would like to hear from the locals regarding land-based shark fishing. They have provided a link to leave comments on this subject. Please give your thoughts and feedback before November 21st so that they can be included in the December meeting.

This topic is highly controversial, particularly along our shoreline.

Please click the link and let them know how you feel.

The International Coastal Cleanup Happening This Saturday!

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages483943281444436751861originalThe International Coastal Cleanup is happening on Clearwater Beach this Saturday, the 6th from 9:30am – 12:00pm!

Please join us as we partner with the Clearwater Solid Waste and Recycling Facility, the Protect Clearwater Beach Task Force, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to tackle the issue of marine debris on our coastlines.

The millions of tons of trash that enter the ocean each year entangle wildlife, pollute beaches and consume taxpayer money. We need your help to put a stop to it!

Date: Saturday October 6th, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Volunteers will meet at the public access point at Parking Lot 36.
Directions: When arriving at Clearwater Beach, take a right off the roundabout and onto Mandalay Ave. Continue on Mandalay until you reach Bay Esplanade Ave and make a left into Parking Lot 36.

Click HERE for more details!!

A Little Clarity About The Residential Parking Issue

Hi friend and neighbor,

Did you know… There is a parking problem in north beach?
For over 2 years the Clearwater Beach Association has heard from residents at their monthly board meetings about issues regarding parking in the residential areas of Clearwater Beach. Those areas primarily are north beach and the 3 residential streets in south beach. CBA members, as well as non-members, have made City Council aware of the ever-growing problem of finding a solution to the trend of tourists parking in our community; often with disregard for it being a residential neighborhood (i.e. leaving behind trash, destroying sprinklers, alcohol use, using residents showers and hoses, littering on the beach. etc.). As part of our ongoing mission to “improve and protect our neighborhood… and to listen to community concerns”, efforts are being made to help find the best solution for all residents. CBAhas served this neighborhood since 1944, and has the highest regard for our community, as we all chose to live, work and play here with our families.

There is NO vote in place for parking permits, rather an ongoing discussion about the various logistics to consider when looking at options to best serve our community’s parking needs.  Any conversations with city council members are not part of an effort for the City to levy additional taxes or fines. The goal is to find a solution to eradicate the problems associated with parking so that the residential neighborhoods on Clearwater Beach are safer and cleaner. CBA has taken no position in any way other than to encourage the city to provide relief in some way.

Please continue to stay informed, attend a meeting, check our website and Facebook page or ask a Board Member for accurate information. Please contact your city manager and City Council board to express your thoughts and concerns!!! Go to and watch the video of the meeting that was held on August 2nd;  Item 12 (toward the end).

Thank you,
CBA Board Members