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While hotels are open, Franklin County's vacation rentals aren't allowed

Posted at 7:25 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 21:09:39-04

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (WTXL) — St George Island homeowners are pushing back against Governor DeSantis' vacation rental ban.

Alice Collins owns Collins Vacation Rentals, one of the oldest rental agencies on St. George Island.

Collins says she hasn't made any money since March. The company owns more than 200 homes in the area.

Franklin County commissioners stated in their last meeting, 60 percent of their budget comes from property taxes on the island.

Collins wrote a letter to the governor, asking DeSantis to think of her, her employees and everybody this is affecting.

"Very stressed and so am I," said Collins. "We have people who have been coming here for so many years and they make their reservations a year or two in advance, and they're all sitting there waiting to come and we can't let them in. So it's important they do something for us."

DeSantis has not responded publicly to the vacation rental ban since instilling it.

Hotels are allowed to be open.