By Sandy Moriarty, Mayor
Metropolis of Sedona
(October 9, 2021)
Sedona Information: For these of you who’ve learn the editorial within the Pink Rock Information final Wednesday, September 29, I’d prefer to right one assertion in it, which is solely not true. The assertion is: “The mayor additionally falsely claimed that if Sedona hires its personal lobbyist, the league’s lobbyists received’t work for us.” I didn’t say that, and anybody together with the editor can confirm that I didn’t say that by watching the video of the assembly. He additionally mentioned: “Relatively than have a devoted lobbyist, the mayor would have the town work by the League of Arizona Cities and Cities on trip leases, her argument being she and the league has been engaged on this for 5 years….to what success?” Then he opinions the dearth of success, which is definitely my level, that we haven’t succeeded utilizing one of the best and most revered lobbyists within the enterprise, so what good will another lobbyist do? However as a substitute, he states, “Inexplicably, Moriarty touts this as a victory.” Once more, I don’t. I’ve by no means claimed any form of victory.
He does make at the very least one true assertion, that I declare a lobbyist will be unable to perform something. It’s true, I simply don’t imagine that what is required is extra lobbying, for the reason that trade cannot solely afford a fleet of lobbyists, however could make marketing campaign contributions to those that will oppose any significant invoice. Then he states that my “chief objection is that I’m the one who has been closest to this situation and has labored on it since 2016”. Whereas that could be a true assertion, it’s undoubtedly not my chief objection. My chief objection is that one other lobbyist will do no good and that cash for one can be wasted till we’ve a change within the legislators and the governor.
This isn’t about me, and by no means can be. I’ve been closely concerned as a result of I imagine there’s actual harm being achieved to our neighborhood, and state regulation prevents us from stopping that harm till we modify it to do two issues, 1) separate the best way we deal with brief time period leases and long run leases, since complete home STR’s are transient lodging, a enterprise use, and long run leases should not, and a couple of) permit cities and cities to have native management, so every municipality can select the extent of regulation they want, together with none.
I don’t oppose all short-term leases. I’m in assist of the unique said intent of SB 1350, which was to permit “residence sharing”, the place a resident or a resident supervisor continues to occupy the property and rents a room or rooms, or a visitor home, for lower than 30 days on that property. I don’t imagine it’s lifelike to anticipate STR’s in place now to be transformed again to long run leases or single residence possession (to be occupied by an precise resident) except that’s the proprietor’s alternative. However we’d like to have the ability to cease the proliferation in order that neighborhoods don’t flip into what quantities to resort districts.
Whereas the editor is actually entitled to his opinion, he isn’t entitled to misquote me, particularly when it’s so simply verifiable.