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Monday, March 06 2023
Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Monday, March 06 2023

RED BANK SHORT TERM VETO OVERTURNED

Red Bank, NJ – On Friday, the Red Bank Borough Council overturned the first mayoral veto in Red Bank’s recent history and reinstated the Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance approved by a super majority of the Red Bank Council last month.

While the single-issue meeting addressing the veto was anticipated to take just a few minutes, Mayor Portman quickly lost control of the meeting, allowing it to drag on for 90 minutes, forcing Councilmember Mirandi to leave for a business meeting at 11 a.m. The 4-1 vote in favor of overturning the veto was cast at approximately 11:15 a.m., with Councilmember Triggiano providing the lone “no” vote. The February 8th vote adopting the STR ordinance was 5-1.

In response to those who stated there had been insufficient dialogue associated with the ordinance, Mary Ellen Mess of Hudson Avenue reminded the Council of the five previous meetings where statements from the public and non-resident STR operators consumed over 15 hours of Council time. She urged the Council to overturn the veto.

Despite the nationwide trend of communities across America objecting to the spread of STRs, pointing to disruptions of neighborhoods, and negative impacts on long-term and affordable housing stock, a few STR owners once again spoke of their desire to have STRs throughout Red Bank.

Five term Councilmember Ed Zipprich stated that municipalities all over the world are legislating to regulate STRs. He followed up by stating “the argument comes down to cash versus quality of life. Some properties, like those we heard testimony about in our community, have become burdensome, where temporary transients have no responsibility or respect for the residents on either side.”

Speaking after the vote, Council President Ballard said “This Council has a lot of important work ahead of it, the budget, the Cannabis ordinance, Marine Park upgrades, DPW, and the Broadwalk to name a few, and having to re-vote on settled ordinances is not in the best interest of anyone living, or conducting business, in Red Bank."

The Council’s next meeting will be Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 pm.


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