Councilmember Campbell: I don’t care if it is 1632 or 1086 STR listings, if you continue to carve Mission Beach out of your plan, I believe that the 3,000 plus residents of Mission Beach will respond by joining the Barbara Bry campaign, which will result in enforcement of the code and no short term rentals in San Diego. This is my counter threat to Blaine Smith and Jonah Mechanic of 710 Beach Rentals and SeaBreeze vacation rentals. It is clear to me that the owners of 710 Beach Rentals and SeaBreeze have quietly coerced you into this plan, which primarily benefits them financially at the cost of a community. And it opens the City up to litigation from all sides.
The graph below shows the ratio of STR listings to dwelling units in the community as of June 2020. The beach communities in San Diego are some of the highest along the coast of California, surprisingly only passed by Del Mar and Solana Beach. The downtown area of San Diego is one of the fastest growing areas, but this growth effect is diminished by the magnitude of dwellings downtown.
You have an opportunity to pull the plug on your carve out plan and to implement something that is consistent with the rest of the California coast, per the attached charts. We the residents and the short term rentals people all live in a serious bubble in Mission Beach. It is sometimes easy to believe that we are like all of the other beach communities, overrun by short term rentals. This belief is reinforced by statements made by the California Coastal Commission that we need more affordable beach access. But the data speaks the truth, and the truth is that we have a unique situation in Mission Beach with a much higher density of short term rentals than any other beach community between here and Manhattan Beach in the Los Angeles area. And not by a little bit. Tourist gentrification has a limit in a large city like Barcelona, where the residents are rebelling, but in a small community like Mission Beach, it will have devastating effects, especially when there is little or no enforcement and no consequences. And in San Diego we have proven over and over again that we have neither. If Mission Beach was a person, that person would have lost its identity, and it is our City that is to blame. It is imperative that the City protect its residents and right now, Mission Beach needs the City to protect it, not carve it out.
One interesting consideration as we think forward to future interactions with the California Coastal Commission. In two recent cases, Manhattan Beach and XXXXXX, the CCC ruled in favor of short term rentals, but only in those areas zones for single family dwellings. In the review of the Manhattan Beach plan, they approved the plan but only of multifamily dwellings were excluded.
The rationale is that multifamily dwellings are more affordable for first time buyers. And if you think about it, it makes sense. And this was exactly how my wife and I were able to afford to buy our first place in Mission Beach. We used the income from the other unit rented year round to halp with mortgage and property tax payments.
I think it is important that we communicate this very important data to the media. We need to convince the powers to be that our first ninety years was the real Mission Beach, and the last ten are a product of an over active internet and opportunistic investors. We deserve to get back to where we were. There should be no carve out. If there is a lottery, then investors in Mission Beach need to be lucky if they want a permit. Gary Wonacott Mission Beach