The announcement below, published by SAVE MISSION BEACH, misrepresents our community on so many levels.
First, let's learn who the key players are:
Mission Beach Town Council:
Matt Gardner - If he was president of the US, he would have been successfully impeached long ago for his actions attempting to control the narrative coming out of Mission Beach, attempting to eliminate any opposition on his board, and inviting lawsuits left and right.
Blaine Smith - Blaine owns 710 Beach Rentals, which according to Inside AirBnB, is the second largest host in all of San Diego. But 98 percent of his clients are in Mission Beach or in adjacent communities. He is not just in favor of short term rentals, he is in favor of short term rentals in Mission Beach. He started the website Save Mission Beach, which is really save Mission Beach for me. He should not be underestimated, but then he is greedy. Blaine is the MBTC treasurer.
Dane Mcclearly - an employee of 710, and appointed with town council board support to be the membership chair. There were more than 300 names of members and families on the membership list when he inherited it. Recently, he handed out a list with about 180 names on it that did not include any of the 710 clients. I don't think you have to reach too far to see what is happening here.
Amy Hoeschen - a third employee of 710 on the town council board. She does not have to wrestle with board votes, since she knows where her bread is buttered.....definitely a conflict of interest.
Larry Webb - Communications VP on the town council who never saw a short term rental that he did not love to death. He apparently is the author of the notes on the Save Mission Beach website below. Mr. Webb is known for seeing beyond the horizon in some of his comments. The bar chart below puts Larry's comments into perspective. If you compare the number of STRs in Mission Beach (data is about two years old) with the number of residents of Mission Beach who own STRs, and you throw in that there are about 4,000 year round residents of Mission Beach, you can conclude that he could almost have used the word resident instead of residents.
While we are on this bar chart, note the number of hotel rooms in proximity to Mission Beach (within 1 mile of beach). The combined rooms from STRs and hotels over the number of dwelling units is more than two times the same ratio compared to downtown.
When residents were asked a year and a half ago at the Mission Beach Precise Planning Board if they wanted to be carved out, it was the residents who spoke out......NO, NO, NO! AND WHEN COUNCILMEMBER CAMPBELL'S STAFF RECENTLY VISITED THE MBPPB WITH AN UPDATE, THEY WERE MET WITH OVERWHEELMING OPPOSITION TO THE CARVE OUT OF MISSION BEACH.
MISSION BEACH HAS A HISTORY OF 400-500 VACATION RENTALS THAT WERE ACTIVE BEFORE THE MUNICIPAL CODE WENT INTO EFFECT, SO IF THE CODE IS ENFORCED, THESE FOLKS WHO CAN SHOW THAT THEY HAD A LEGAL VACATION RENTAL OPERATION BEFORE 1979 WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNDER ARTICLE 7 OF THE MC, PREVIOUSLY CONFORMING PREMISES AND USES.
. 8. There are others on the MBTC Board who are there for one reason, and that is to protect their investment. And there is even a token neutral party who is not so neutral, as well as one intimidated owner of a restaurant. In any case, the MBTC Board, with a few exceptions, does not represent the residents of Mission Beach. Let me repeat this point. For the first time in many decades the town council only represents the special interests of the short term rental industry led by the owner of the second largest STR client list in San Diego, Blaine Smith