City Council Meeting | Special Called – March 27, 2024

A Special Called Meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Pooler, Georgia shall be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 9:00 a.m. at Pooler City Hall located at 100 US Highway 80 SW, Pooler, Georgia, 31322 in relation to Ordinance O2024-03.A – Short-Term Rental Requirements.

We appreciate our community’s active participation at our recent town hall meeting, where we discussed the short-term vacation rental ordinance. After the town hall, we had planned to hold a workshop and provide additional public input opportunities. However, unforeseen circumstances now require us to expedite the process.

Why the Rush?

  1. Legislative Threat:
    • The Georgia Assembly is expected to consider an amendment that would preempt local governments from regulating short-term rental (STR) properties (such as Airbnb and VRBO).
    • If this legislation passes, our ability to implement local regulations would be severely restricted if not blocked altogether.
    • We cannot risk having no framework in place to address short-term rentals in our community.
  2. Balancing Act:
    • While we deeply value community input and transparency, we must strike a balance.
    • Waiting for further workshops and input sessions could leave us vulnerable to the impending state law.
    • Our goal is to protect our community’s interests while respecting the legislative process.

Our Approach:

  1. Immediate Action:
    • We will hold an emergency meeting to consider passing an edited version of the ordinance.
    • This step is necessary to ensure that we have some regulations in place before any state-level preemption occurs.
    • We will post this version of the ordinance online as soon as possible and will read through the ordinance at the meeting.
  2. Advocacy:
    • We encourage you to contact your state senator promptly. Ben Watson, Billy Hickman, & Derek Mallow are the State Senators that represent some part of our city.
    • Express your opposition to any preemptive legislation that prevents our city from regulating short-term rental measures.
    • Your voices matter, and collective advocacy can influence legislative decisions.
  3. Hope for the Best:
    • Our hope is that the legislation does not pass and if it does not, we will keep our planned workshops and public input sessions to refine the ordinance as planned.
    • By acting swiftly, we aim to protect our community’s interests while maintaining flexibility for future amendments.

Thank you for your understanding and commitment to our community’s well-being. Let’s work together to shape responsible policies that benefit us all.