Florida may be easing its ban on vacation rentals — but New Yorkers need not apply just yet.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is allowing counties to submit plans to reopen vacation rentals for short-term stays that were shuttered by a March 27 executive order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
But the welcome mat for the gradual reopening does not extend to vacationers from the Big Apple, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
“If you tell me you’re going to rent them out to people from New York City, I’m probably not going to approve that, OK?” the governor said Friday, according to a report.
“If you’re saying that you’re going to rent it out to people in other parts of Florida or something that would be manageable, if there’s ways in there that clearly you have an eye to safety, then I’m fine.”
Starting Monday, counties can submit vacation-rental reopening plans to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for approval, DeSantis said at a Jacksonville press conference in which he outlined the first phase of reopening the state’s economy.