The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved an emergency ordinance to provide a temporary exemption from paying the 4 cent ($0.04) tourist development tax and the 1 cent ($0.01) tourist impact tax (bed taxes) only for rental residential properties that qualify and rent to residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. This ordinance will be in effect for six months.
The County Commission also passed several planning and environmental, building and code compliance items that deal with the emergency state of Monroe County due to the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irma.
These passed resolutions include:
• Allowing the placement of temporary emergency housing at mobile home parks for the temporary occupancy by residents displaced by Hurricane Irma for a duration of up to 180 days.
• Waiving building permit fees for emergency permits for 180 days as necessary to facilitate recovery from impacts associated with Hurricane Irma.
• Exempting the removal of hazardous vegetation from the permitting requirements for 60 days as necessary to facilitate recovery from impacts associated with Hurricane Irma.
• Exempting the removal of nuisance exotic vegetation from the permitting requirements to facilitate recovery from impacts associated with Hurricane Irma.
The County Commission also approved releasing emergency Tourist Development Council funds of up to $1 million for marketing and up to $1 million for capital projects due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma.