Events for 2022

This calendar is tentative at this point. Some dates may be updated later.

June 7 – CBA Meeting, 6:30pm, Chapel by the Sea fellowship hall

June 11th – Pool Party at Clearwater Beach Rec Center Pool – 1-3PM

June 25th – Mini-Golf at Captain Bligh’s Landing on S Gulfview – 7-9PM

September ? – CBA Meeting, 6:30pm, Chapel by the Sea fellowship hall

September 17th – Adopt-A-Park Cleanup – Meet at Rec Center at 9AM – Clean-up both McKay & Rec Center Parks

October 2nd – Hooters Clearwater Offshore Nationals Boat Races – Get Together on the Beach at Beach Access #6 – 11-3PM

October 4 – CBA Meeting, 6:30pm, Chapel by the Sea fellowship hall

October 21st – Pub Crawl – 6-8:30PM – Locations to be Determined

November 1 – CBA Meeting, 6:30pm, Chapel by the Sea fellowship hall

December 6 – CBA Annual Meeting, 6:30pm, Chapel by the Sea fellowship hall

December 10th – Annual Christmas Party – 6-9PM

December 17th – Bike Parade – Start at Kit & Gary’s home on Acacia Street – 6-8:30PM

CBA Sponsors Little Free Library

You can help by purchasing t-shirts at any CBA meeting or from any board member.

CBA T-Shirts are in stock!!!!

We will be launching CBA’s first “Little Free Library” (AKA Beach Book Bungalow) thanks to a grant we were awarded from The City of Clearwater.
Stay tuned for the LFL opening date and details. (Start saving your book donations, too).

Pricing:

$12 child
$18 adult
$33 adult bundle (2 shirts)
$27 combo bundle (1 adult/1child)
Colors: Grey or Blue

The shirts will be available for purchase at the Lighted Bike Parade Sat night 12/18/21 or contact a CBA Board Member. They will also be available at CBA meetings and events. Cash or Check payable to Clearwater Beach Association.

City of Clearwater – Short Term Rentals

CODE COMPLIANCE
A Citizens Guide to Code Enforcement, City of Clearwater

Short-Term Residential Rental – CDC Sections 1-104.B & 3-919 • While Clearwater benefits, encourages and celebrates tourism, the city’s Code Compliance Division reminds residential property owners that the city enforces its shortterm rental ordinance. In residential districts, the city doesn’t allow a property owner to lease or rent their property for short-term periods, which is anything less than 31 days or a calendar month. Residential property owners who wish to rent their property can advertise for monthly rentals; they cannot advertise for daily or weekly rentals. • A residential use located on a residentially zoned property shall not include rentals for less than 31 days or one calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place rented for periods of less than 31 days or one calendar month, whichever is less. A residential use located on residentially zoned property shall not include an interval ownership, a fractional ownership or a timesharing unit.

Florida House Bill 219

Florida House Bill 219 – Short term rentals

FL H0219 | 2021 | Regular Session | LegiScan

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)
Status: Introduced on January 12 2021 – 25% progression
Action: 2021-02-03 – Added to Regulatory Reform Subcommittee agenda
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Preempts regulation of vacation rentals to state; prohibits local law, ordinance, or regulation from allowing or requiring inspections or licensing of public lodging establishments, including vacation rentals, or public food service establishments; requires licenses issued by Division of Hotels & Restaurants of DBPR to be displayed conspicuously to public inside licensed establishment.

Short Term Rentals

State Reps Should Leave Vacation Rentals to Locals

Opinion from Samuel Hutkin, Clearwater Beach Association President

The Florida legislature is taking another run at the short-term rental issue and legislators continue to make the same mistake over and over again – taking power away from communities on an issue that is inherently local. A workable solution must recognize that reality. 

Tallahassee lawmakers need to come to terms with the fact that residential communities have a legitimate interest in knowing who is passing through – whether they’re a sexual predator or carrying a new COVID variant. An under-resourced agency in Tallahassee is never going to be able to manage challenges like this in every corner of the state, nor should it attempt it. 

Governor DeSantis said as much last session – stating that it was a bad idea for the state to take over full responsibility of managing vacation rentals, that it’s an issue best handled at the local level. 

The Governor is right on this one. Our state is just too big and too diverse. And, while there are a lot of issues that local governments aren’t equipped to handle, zoning and land use – which is really the core of the vacation rental issue – simply isn’t one of them. 

Issues connected to zoning and land use may be an awkward add-on for a state agency; however, it’s the central function of local government. Most of the resources within local government – outside of basic services like trash collection – are geared toward managing issues related to land use. Check your local city or county meeting agenda this week. Eighty percent of it will be focused on variances and proposed construction projects. 

Very few cities are interested in banning vacation rentals, despite the rhetoric. Most just want to get a handle on things – which certainly makes sense during a global pandemic. “Party houses” which have always been a problem, have become particularly problematic in the COVID-era. 

Many cities, in fact, embrace vacation rentals in all areas. And, there are even more municipalities – probably a majority – that embrace short-term rentals in certain areas. We are, after all, a tourism-based economy. But the mix that makes sense on Clearwater Beach may not make sense at Seven Springs or Lutz.

The truth is that platform companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Facebook, in a very short period of time, have transformed our world. Much of it’s for the better but it’s not without trade-offs. Airbnb and similar vacation rental platforms have upended many residential communities. 

State lawmakers need to partner with local municipalities, not demonize them, to mitigate the worst elements of this brave new world. Getting a handle on this issue is only possible with a cooperative effort between state and local government – they already do it for the licensing and siting of almost every other commercial operation from power stations to liquor stores. 

The good news is that our region will be determinative on the issue – beyond Speaker Sprowls and Senate President Simpson, Senator Hooper is Chairman of the second committee hearing the issue and area lawmakers are scattered across all the committees. It’s time for our area lawmakers to put aside rhetoric and address this issue in a comprehensive and holistic way. Samuel Hutkin, President of Clearwater Beach Homeowner Association

Parking on North Beach – numbers to call for enforcement (updated June 2020)

Call numbers for illegal parking complaints in residential area Acacia Street and North:

Enforcement has been enhanced in the North Beach Residential District to eliminate illegal parking and enforce other safety violations.  If you have a complaint regarding illegal parking in the North beach Residential District, please call the numbers as outlined below:

Daily from 8am – 6pm call 727-562-4707, opt 2 (Marina Parking office) or opt 3 (Supervisor).  This office does not handle parking citations but will forward parking complaints to the enforcement team via the radio.  Fastest way to get a live person.

Weekdays, 8am – 4:30pm, email parkingticket@myclearwater.com or call the Parking Enforcement office at 727-562-4084 (may need to leave a voicemail due to high call volume).

After 6pm, call the non-emergency number at the CPD 727-562-4242 and they will radio our staff in the field directly.

Call numbers to request Installation of parking spaces or no parking signage:

To request installation of parking spaces or “NO PARKING” signs along your property, call the Engineering Department at 727-562-4776 or Engineering’s main line at 727-562-4750.

Construction/Contractor Vehicle Parking Procedures

Unmarked construction vehicles must visibly display a business card on their windshield to show they are a legitimate business.  It should include the business name, phone number, and address.

Notifications for construction/contractor parking needs that will take more than one day are be reported to the Parking System via email to parkingticket@myclearwater.com.

The email needs to include the following information:

  • Name of Contractor
  • Make and Model of Vehicle(s) (tag numbers if possible)
  • Start Date and End Date of project
  • Contact name, phone number and email
  • Address/location of work being done

 Clearly marked construction/contractor vehicles will not need to display their business card, however, all the above procedures will apply if they have parking needs for more than one day.

Citations will not be dismissed for failure to notify the Parking System of the arrangements or failure to display the business card on the windshield.

Block Party – Suspend Enforcement Requests

The resident would need to contact our Parking System at the main office line, 727-562-4704, between 8:30am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday, with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice.  We would notify Parking Enforcement.

North Beach Parking Procedures

Lisa Hayes, Parking Enforcement Supervisor
Has provided the following information as a reminder of procedures.

Call numbers for illegal parking complaints in residential area Acacia Street and North:

Enforcement has been enhanced in the North Beach Residential District to eliminate illegal parking and enforce other safety violations. If you have a complaint regarding illegal parking in the North beach Residential District, please call the numbers as outlined below:

Daily from 8am – 6pm call 727-562-4707, opt 2 (Marina Parking office) or opt 3 (Supervisor). This office does not handle parking citations but will forward parking complaints to the enforcement team via the radio. Fastest way to get a live person.

Weekdays, 8am – 4:30pm, email parkingticket@myclearwater.com or call the Parking Enforcement office at 727-462-6312 (may need to leave a voicemail due to high call volume).

After 6pm, call the non-emergency number at the CPD 727-562-4242 and they will radio our staff in the field directly.

Call numbers to request Installation of parking spaces or no parking signage:
To request installation of parking spaces or “NO PARKING” signs along your property, call the Engineering Department at 727-562-4776 or Engineering’s main line at 727-562-4750.

Construction/Contractor Vehicle Parking Procedures
Unmarked construction vehicles must visibly display a business card on their windshield to show they are a legitimate business. It should include the business name, phone number, and address.
Notifications for construction/contractor parking needs that will take more than one day are be reported to the Parking System via email to parkingticket@myclearwater.com.
The email needs to include the following information:
• Name of Contractor
• Make and Model of Vehicle(s) (tag numbers if possible)
• Start Date and End Date of project
• Contact name, phone number and email
• Address/location of work being done

Clearly marked construction/contractor vehicles will not need to display their business card, however, all the above procedures will apply if they have parking needs for more than one day.

Citations will not be dismissed for failure to notify the Parking System of the arrangements or failure to display the business card on the windshield.

Block Party – Suspend Enforcement Requests
The resident would need to contact our Parking System at the main office line, 727-562-4704, between 8:30am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday, with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. We would notify Parking Enforcement.

Short-Term Rentals

If you care about your city being able to still regulate short term Rentals please call and voice your opinions. This bill is designed to give less control and is a destroyer of neighborhoods and property value.
– Samuel Hutkin

HB 1011, a bill to allow short term rentals, has just passed the house subcommittee by a vote of 8-5. Among other things, HB 1011 will preempt the regulation of short-term rentals to the state and undo local ordinances adopted since 2014.

HB 1011 will next go to the house commerce committee.

The Senate companion bill SB 1128 is expected to go to the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee next Tuesday, Feb 11th at 10am.

If you’d like to contact the Chair and Vice Chair Senators on the Commerce and Tourism Committee, below is their contact information:

(Chair) Senator Joe Gruters (R)
1(941)-378-6309
To email him: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S23

(Vice Chair) Victor M. Torres, Jr. (D)
1(407)-846-5187
To email him: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S15

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 www.myclearwater.com and watch the video of the meeting that was held on August 2nd;  Item 12 (toward the end).

Thank you,
CBA Board Members