Letter to the Pilot
Oversight for Short Term Rentals in Virginia Beach
As a resident of Sandbridge for over 30 years and Co-Chair for Protect Virginia Beach Neighborhoods, I am pleased to see that the business community of Sandbridge (For the Good of the City, Support Sandbridge, July 24)
is finally realizing the concerns residents have been expressing for the last two years attending public meetings held by the City Council and Ad Hoc Committees that more oversight is needed to control these short term rental
properties not only in Sandbridge but throughout our residential neighborhoods.
The problems and complaints citizens are experiencing in Sandbridge are also being voiced in neighboring communities such as the North End, Croatan, Chicks Beach, and neighborhoods that cater to short term rentals.
The notion that the real estate offices in Sandbridge are quick to respond in most cases may be true however after normal business hours the only recourse is to call the police (non-emergency number) when most of the problems
occur such as noise, fireworks, parking, and other party related issues.
Residential environments with no oversights impact the decisions potential buyers who want to live, retire, invest and vacation in these communities. Vacationers are already expressing that they will not be returning due to the
increase in noise and nightly fireworks and it is not the family environment they were accustomed too.
Sandbridge is no longer " secluded and quiet" as noted in advertisements however, City oversight of short term rentals will make our communities safer and will protect the property values in Sandbridge and other residential
Mary A. Girevendulis Virginia Beach