In Shel­ter Is­land class war, fin­ger points at Palm Beach

De­bate on stricter sum­mer rental law is heat­ing up.

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION -

Well, here’s gen­tle ol’ Palm Beach, mind­ing its own off-sea­son busi­ness, and wouldn’t you know its name is get­ting tossed into one of those haves-vs.-have-nots tus­sles.

Ac­cord­ing to the New York Post, a storm is brew­ing on rapidly gen­tri­fy­ing Shel­ter Is­land, where the wealth­ier res­i­dents are push­ing for a stricter law on sum­mer rentals.

Op­po­nents say that the law will en­dan­ger work­ing fam­i­lies and wid­ows, who, as the first tourists ar­rive, move in with friends or fam­ily mem­bers and de­pend on the in­come from renters to make it through the eco­nom­i­cally frozen win­ter.

Think Nan­tucket or Martha’s Vine­yard, but with a much smaller ferry.

Ac­cord­ing to the Post, the push for the rentals reg­u­la­tion comes from “res­i­dents ... who have pur­chased sprawl­ing homes in beach-front neigh­bor­hoods and want to turn Shel­ter Is­land into Palm Beach, an ex­clu­sive en­clave with myr­iad rules for res­i­dents.”

Shan­non Don­nelly

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