The committee has formed because Monterey County appears to have made a business decision which is threatening the integrity of the L.C.P. and therefore the future preservation of the coast. The County is compelled by law to implement the Big Sur L.C.P., as is, not as they deem beneficial to the county treasury.
We the undersigned know that Commercial Events and Short Term Rentals (STR’s) in residentially zoned areas are prohibited under the policies of both the B.S.L.C.P and Monterey County General Plan. That these activities negatively impact the community, its housing, its culture, and public access to the coast is indisputable.
Monterey County, rather than enforcing the prohibition of STR’s, is currently taking taxes from them (Transient Occupancy Tax – TOT). By doing so the County is encouraging and tacitly approving an activity that is illegal.
For the sake of the Big Sur Coast, the visiting public, and the Big Sur community (half of whom are renters) the County must enforce the existing law prohibiting STR’s.