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Vacation rental rules threatened by Florida bills

If one Florida senator gets his way, local governments may soon lose control over one ever-expanding industry: short-term rentals

Florida Senate Bill 522 was filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah Gardens, in January and has been referred to the Regulated Industries, Commerce and Tourism and Rules committees. 

The bill essentially turns over the regulation, licensing and inspection of the short-term rental industry to the state, removing layers of control that currently exist at the city and county level. 

An identical bill was filed in the House in January. The regular session starts March 2. 

Diaz did not return

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When will the hotel quarantine start? Date the announcement of travel rules for red list countries is expected

The Government announced plans to introduce hotel quarantines for international arrivals from a “red list” of 30 countries last week – but hotel industry leaders say they have been “kept in the dark” about how it will actually work.



a sign on the side of a building: The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)


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The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)

Best Western chief executive Rob Paterson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the chain is “yet to understand exactly what the protocols are required of the hotels”.

He said: “I think in any normal company if you went out and announced

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Column: A needlessly ruined Hawaii vacation, thanks to state’s rules

The government of Hawaii has just cost my wife and I a highly anticipated vacation, a celebration of my birthday there, two long travel days and several thousand dollars in plane fares — plus a level of extreme aggravation that will last a long, long time and cause us to reconsider any future Hawaii vacation plans.

We have traveled all the way from Michigan two to three times most years since purchasing timeshares there 15 years ago. We love Hawaii and would rather vacation there than almost anywhere else. But when Gov. David Ige imposed a quarantine on visitors (and

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Canadian snowbirds abroad grapple with tough new travel rules that include a big hotel bill



a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Canadian snowbirds Claudine Durand and her husband, Yvon Laramée, may stay longer in Florida this year to avoid the cost of quarantining in a hotel upon their return to Canada.


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Canadian snowbirds Claudine Durand and her husband, Yvon Laramée, may stay longer in Florida this year to avoid the cost of quarantining in a hotel upon their return to Canada.

Despite Canada’s advisory not to travel abroad during the pandemic, snowbirds have been able to easily book flights and head south.

But now those snowbirds face major hurdles returning home, thanks to tough new travel measures announced by the federal government on Friday. Soon, air passengers will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and spend up to three days of their 14-day

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