Dear Editor:

Thank you to the county council for extending the moratorium on new B&B permits while final changes can be made to the code.

No matter how strict B&B regulations look on paper, enforcement of these regulations is essentially complaint driven – neighbors have to file complaints or call the sheriff. The result will be more residents frustrated and unhappy, a growing stack of complaints and mounting county expenses aimed at enforcement. The city addressed this relatively new issue by not allowing new B&B businesses in its residential areas.

There are 29 licensed B&B businesses in the county. The number of new permits doubled last year. Restricting new B&B businesses to the Overnight Accommodation Overlay areas is the best way to avoid a growing enforcement nightmare.