City seeks Airbnb views through online survey

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Rentals listed on Airbnb in Virginia Beach from July 29 to July 31 (Courtesy of Airbnb.com)
(Courtesy of Airbnb.com)

The Virginia Beach City Council has given residents until Sept. 28 to complete an online survey about short-term rentals, such as Airbnb.

“The council is concerned about how rentals affect quiet residential neighborhoods – especially with increased traffic, parking and noise,” a release said. “The council also wants to ensure the safety of visitors who rent homes, apartments or rooms.”

The city’s online forum, available through Virtual Town Hall, comes as council is weighing possible regulatory and legislative responses to the short-term online rental industry. The council has assembled an ad hoc committee to review the situation and report back with recommendations by the end of the month. That panel will meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 and Sept. 28 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. It will also meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 at City Hall, 2401 Courthouse Dr.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.