I like Matt Brown … heck we were almost business partners a couple of short years ago. I’ve spoken with him at several of the planning commission meetings since then. I pressed him as to his palpable passion around the short-term rental issue brewing then. I was a bit bewildered given his status as a small business person in Gearhart and even more confounding, that his business is golf and golf equipment. Ironically, this is a business that would seemingly benefit from guests from out of town who’d naturally include golf as a popular activity when visiting the Coast.

Why, I wondered would he propose the curtailment of vacation rentals in his own market area? His answer surprised me … he explained to my wife and me that low-income housing was disappearing and thus becoming a negative factor in recruiting candidates for the landscaping and pro shop responsibilities.

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