The Fight For
Private Property Rights
Short term vacation rentals are NOT the end to the beautiful communities located all throughout Brevard County. In fact, if we've learned anything from other locations that allow short term rentals and conducted research, it has been proven that short term rentals provide an incredible boost to the local economy, jolting local business and restaurants, while providing those who choose to accomodate others at their residence(s) additional income opportunities.
Recent studies conducted in San Diego show just how beneficial short term rentals can be to local communities. Research in San Diego showed that $86.4 million was spent on such activities by visitors staying in short-term vacation rentals. The total economic impact in San Diego has been estimated at $285 million.Download Research Report
Currently, much of Brevard County has 90 day zoning, which is absolutely ridiculous. This means private property owners, outside of HOA's are not able to rent their homes and properties for durations less than 90 days. We want to change this.Download Current Resort Dwelling County Map
The issue with short term rentals as seen by supporters of the current laws is that daily rentals will increase traffic, trash, noise and crime — and they'll have to pay for extra enforcement through their own taxes. First of all, with every short term rental, there is a tourist development tax of 5% which is paid to the county from the property owner. This is used for further developments to enhance local environments and keep Brevard County beautiful. An increase in short term rental activity will without question drive additional revenue to the county through this tourist development tax.
Another common misconception is that Airbnb and other vessels for short term rental bookings are used to promote and book party locations. However, Airbnb has recently strengthened their stance on bookings being used for parties or events.Brevard County Tourist Development Tax
Airbnb Officially Codifies Party Ban
Sign The Petition
Join the fight for private property rights in an effort to reintroduce rezoning and/or short term rental law changes throughout the districts of Brevard County.
Upon submission, your name and affirmation will be sent to representatives of Brevard County's districts, in an effort to increase the pressures in support of these law changes.
Below is an example of the email that will be sent to Brevard County representatives on your behalf.
To the representatives of Brevard County,
My name is __________ and I am located in _____________ - District _. I am in support of a change to the current short term rental laws.
I believe an increase in short term rental activity in Brevard County will be a positive to the local economy, boosting local business and restaurant revenues due to tourist activity, as well as increase county revenues through the tourist development tax. A change to the short term rental laws will also allow private property owners to have an option and opportunity to create additional sources of income which should absolutely be their right.
As a member of the community / tax payer of Brevard County, I am in support of a change to loosen short term or "vacation rental" limitations.
___________ - District _
About Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County is located on the east coast of Central Florida just 35 miles east of Orlando, and home to such businesses as Harris, GE, NASA and the Kennedy Space Center, the only facility in the world that launched the Space Shuttle; Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the world; 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches; and the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. With its tropical weather, cultural activities, educational opportunities, active and passive recreation options, high-technology industries, and family-friendly atmosphere, the Space Coast offers an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy year-round. With a small town feel and catering to the Florida lifestyle it’s no wonder more than 500,000 people call its 16 municipalities and unincorporated areas "home."
Brevard County is known to many residents as the Space Coast for its link with NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. Since the retiring of the Space Shuttle the question remains: what will happen with the Space Program? In addition to the rockets that launch periodically, plans are in the works for a new space craft coined the Orion. It will be a heavy lift rocket that will propel astronauts into the deeper reaches of space. Orion will be the future of our space program. Until that time residents, as well as visitors alike, can still gain access to the rich history of our country’s space program by visiting the Kennedy Space Center.
If golf is your passion, Brevard County is sprinkled with many excellent public golf courses at affordable prices. If golf isn’t your idea of fun, the Space Coast Stadium is the proud home of the Brevard County Manatees; our very own minor league baseball team. In addition to housing the Manatees, the stadium also hosts spring training for the Washington Nationals. Some other great outdoor area activities include; boating, jet skiing, air boat rides, parasailing, fishing, diving, surfing, eco-adventures, kayaking, horseback riding and much more. The Brevard Zoo and Forever Florida are also great option as it’s family-friendly and provides great views of Florida wildlife.
Are you looking to shop? You will find that antiquing, farmers markets, art festivals and street parties are home to many of our downtown districts from Titusville to Port Canaveral and Eau Gallie to Melbourne. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity then you must visit the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach offering an assortment of surf and beach gear. But if mainstream shopping is what you prefer there are many shopping centers scattered from Palm Bay to Viera and beyond.
Brevard County provides the community and visitors to the area with many cultural opportunities throughout the year. The Maxwell C. King Center has live theater, Broadway shows, and concerts throughout the year as well as summertime children’s programs. You can also find exciting entertainment at The Cocoa Village Playhouse or The Henagar Center in Melbourne. If you are a country music fan you may want to plan to attend the 3 day Runaway Country Festival that is held in the spring of the year at Wickham Park.
Whatever you’re looking for we hope you’ll find it here in Brevard County. We think you just might be surprised by the treasures you’ll find!
Brevard County District 1 contains the towns of Cocoa, Scottsmoor, Mims, Titusville, Port St. John, Canaveral Groves and Sharpes.
Notable named places in District 1 are: St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Indian River Lagoon, Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center.
District 2 contains the towns of Merritt Island, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.
Notable named places are: Banana River, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Patrick Air Force Base, Sykes Creek and the Indian River.
District 3 contains the towns of Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Grant, Grant-Valkaria, Malabar, West Melbourne and Micco.
Notable named places are: Canal Number 54.
District 4 contains the towns of: Rockledge, Melbourne, Viera, Palm Shores, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach.
Notable named places are: Turtle Creek Golf Club, Viera East Golf Club, Viera Regional Park, Duran Golf Club, Baytree National Golf Links, Suntree Country Club and Wickham Park.
District 5 contains the towns of: Palm Bay, Indialantic, Melbourne Village, West Melbourne and Melbourne.
Notable named place is: Melbourne International Airport.
Short Term Rentals
Long Term Impact
As a restaurant owner here in Brevard County, I can say we personally rely on tourist activity to keep our employees working.
We operate our short term rental to code. The local ordinances are incredibly complex and difficult to understand. Our short term rental has such an amazing impact on our family's financial health.
We live next to a short term rental. We have never, ever had an issue. We began operating our own short term rental recently.