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Airbnb rentals causing concerns on CT shoreline

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CT shoreline residents upset over Airbnb rentals (WFSB/Airbnb) CT shoreline residents upset over Airbnb rentals (WFSB/Airbnb)

People along the shoreline are concerned that homes in their neighborhoods are being listed online for short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb.

They say not only is it a zoning violation, but it also raises safety concerns about who's next door.

"It was kind of upsetting to see they weren't enforcing the regulations, unless someone complained, which is something I decided to do,” said Fred Allard of Mystic.

He has lived in the Mystic side of Stonington for decades, and when he found out his next door neighbor was thinking about renting out a home on Airbnb, he knew he needed to speak up.

"We've paid our dues to live here and we'd like to keep it in a residential use,” Allard said.

Under the current regulations in Stonington, it is not permitted to rent out properties for short-term use.

Allard said he found nearly 20 homes in his area that are listed online for people to rent, either for a few days or for a week.

He addressed those concerns in a letter to the town's planning department.

"I would just like to see the integrity of the neighborhood preserved,” Allard said.

Jason Vincent, the director of Planning for the town of Stonington, said this is something they have received a number of complaints about in the past couple of years.

"People get nervous when it's renters to begin with and they're even more nervous when they're short term,” Vincent said.

He said if they catch wind of someone renting out their home for short-term use, they send a notice of violation.

In the last 18 months, three notices have been issued.

The Economic Development Commission conducted a study about these kinds of rentals, and will now include the community in a bigger discussion on whether the rules should be changed.

A meeting is being planned for Dec. 20 at Mystic Middle School.

The meeting is open to the public, and residents are being encouraged to voice support or concerns about the issue.

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