Rental floodgates open, businesses see hope – The Anna Maria Islander

It’s check-in time on Anna Maria Island.

With the prohibition lifted on short-term vacation rentals in Manatee County, hope rose among Anna Maria Island business owners struggling in the third month of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis approved Manatee County’s safety plan to open short-term rental operations May 21 after a nearly two-month-long closure due to concerns with the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The governor previously prohibited new bookings and new check-ins at rentals for 30 days or less but, in mid-May allowed counties to draft safety plans and apply for permission to lift the ban.

Manatee County filed its plan May 19 and received the go-ahead from the state May 21, and the island’s vacation homes were immediately available for guests.

The plan restricts local vacation rental owners and managers from accepting reservations from international travelers and U.S. residents living where, as of May

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