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Wakulla County resumes vacation rentals with sanitation guidelines

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 05:44:12-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Short-term rental owners in Wakulla County can resume accepting visitors.

Wakulla County joins several counties in the Panhandle that have approval from Florida's Department of Business & Professional Regulation to open their doors to tourists.

Property owners are required to follow a list of guidelines including keeping adequate time between guests.

These openings also have a financial impact for their local jurisdictions.

"Just like when you stay at a hotel, your room rate is 'X' amount, but on top of that is all of the taxes that are associated with it," said Pam Knudsen, Director of Compliance at Avalara MyLodgeTax. "It's the same with short-term rentals. You pay a fee but there are taxes that involved with that. All of that is money that goes back to the jurisdiction."

There is another restriction to these openings.

Governor Ron DeSantis is banning visitors from the COVID-19 hot spots in New York City and Louisiana.