Nine divisive months of debating whether to ban most short-term rentals in Pinehurst is about to become 10.

The Village Council, having heard two hours of debate on the matter Tuesday night, was firm only in saying it would not decide anything until later this month at the earliest. A three-member majority that for months has favored banning so-called STRs in single-family zoning districts is now exhibiting new-found diplomacy and deliberation. Or maybe they’re losing their nerve in the face of withering criticism and potential lawsuits that could cost the village hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Robert Hansen

There is no doubt that STR's need to be regulated. This need not be a difficult process.

Create a license for use and apply whatever practical rules and regulations necessary and enforce them. Violators can be fined for infringements of the rules...and ultimately lose the license if deemed appropriate. I may be wise to limit the total number of STR's to current inventory. In these last few hectic years of home sales in

the Village, it seems that some buyers were convinced they could rent a house here until they were able to move here permanently. It is important for the local Real Estate

community to clearly inform potential buyers of the options prior to purchase.

Edwin Sineath

Ban them and build high-rise hotels. Pinehurst as you know it will cease to exist. Keep them and Pinehurst will remain as it is.

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