Modeling Residents Attitudes towards Short-Term Vacation Rentals

The results from this paper, because they investigate Savannah, Georgia, and not Mission Beach, are less important than the questions they ask. Many of us have strong feelings about STRs in Mission Beach, but cannot always point to why we feel the way we do. I think this paper helps us to develop a basis for our positions.

 Researchers have recently begun to explore residents' perceptions of short-term vacation rental (STVRs) from both qualitative and quantitative approaches, but there is still a need for strong theoretical underpinnings to support this growing body of research. This study addresses this gap through applying a theoretical perspective that combines Social Exchange Theory andWeber's Theory of Formal and Substantive Rationality to assess residents' attitudes towards STVRs in the U.S. city of Savannah, Georgia. Results from 384 resident surveys revealed that support for STVRs was a function of both the costs and benefits associated with STVRs, as well as perceived Social and Psychological Empowerment from STVR development. These findings highlight the need for regulatory approaches that ensure STVRs do not infringe on residents' sense of community and that STVR activity reflects the values and norms of residents so that STVR visits induce resident pride in their neighborhoods

Below, I have included several survey questions that were asked of the residents of Savannah. Going through the questions and answering them for yourself might help you.

My personal feeling is that once you answer these questions to yourself, and unless you receive compensation from STRs, you should be supportive of banning STRs from Mission Beach, but as an interim position, the best way to deal with them if they are to be here is to limit them to owner occupied duplexes, or single family dwellings with a maximum of 80 days per year use as a short term rental.

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