In Shelter Island class war, finger points at Palm Beach
Debate on stricter summer rental law is heating up.
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.”