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Mayor signs short-term rental bill

June 14, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa on May 22 signed into law a bill that establishes new regulations for short-term rentals operating within the county. The Maui County Council voted to approve the bill on Monday by a 5-1 vote.

"This bill has been in the works for about 15 or 20 years now," Arakawa said. "I'd like to acknowledge all the hard work that went into this, especially from our Maui County Council members. This legislation should protect our residents from noisy rental operations, while at the same time, allowing legitimate rentals a way to conduct their business."

The bill went into law May 23, and the county Planning Department began accepting short-term rental applications on June 1.

Planning Director Will Spence said, " we hope to see significant compliance over the next several months."

Councilmember Don Couch, chair of the council's Planning Committee, described the bill as a tool to "protect the character of neighborhoods, while allowing an industry that has been in the background to come out in the open and provide jobs for Maui's small businesses."



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