Poconos Business Owners & Homeowners - Our Property Rights are at Risk!

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PROBLEM STATEMENT:

A unilateral decision to partially ban Short-Term Rentals negatively impacts property values, small business owners, taxable base, and employment opportunities while directly benefiting large corporations that export profits and local jobs (both to large corporate partners and offshore) while indirectly suppressing certain socio-economic groups (e.g. cost of visiting goes up).  Tourism is a strategic industry to the Pocono economy:  

Additionally, any attempt to suppress property rights is by nature, a constitutional matter (4th and 5th Amendment) and the manner in which Ord. No. 2019-03 was socialized, passed, and executed unilaterally (see below) AND on July 1st during a holiday week is questionable. ( https://www.cato.org/cato-handbook-policymakers/cato-handbook-policy-makers-8th-edition-2017/property-rights-constitution)

GOALS:

  1. Repeal of Pocono Township's Short-Term Rental amendment ) Ord. No. 2019-03, Chapter 301, https://www.ecode360.com/32551226).
  2. Secure inclusive representation on Pocono Township's board.  ALL homeowners pay taxes and contribute to the township, residents, and local economy; as such, ALL homeowners must have representation.  (https://www.poconopa.gov/board-commissioners)  Example of the issue at hand:  "Our job as commissioner is to look out for the permanent residents of Pocono Township and to make sure that their property is protected." said Pocono Township commissioner Jerry Lastowski (source:  Pocono Record)
  3. Establish and adopt a universal guidelines/best practices by Short Term Rentals to foster a secure and family friendly culture and cliental that is respectful of ALL of our neighbors.  Passing new codes, ordinances, and laws does not nothing when existing codes, ordinances, and laws aren't followed nor enforced.

Personal note:  My family and I bought a second home on 28June2019, never received notice of this ordinance, adopted 01July2019 (not even after our purchase), and had a city representative unlawfully come to our home on a Saturday night 3-weeks later to harass us about suspicions of rentals (unjustified).  I've been visiting the Poconos for 30-years and am now a homeowner, the townships behavior is simply unacceptable.