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Vacation Rentals to Reopen in Flagler County - Plan Approved by State

Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday approved Flagler County's Vacation Rental Safety Plan allowing bookings based on state-approved guidelines and implemented by CDC standards.

By Toby Tobin
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PALM COAST, FL – May 22, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday approved Flagler County’s Vacation Rentals Safety Plan allowing bookings based on the guidelines set forth by the plan laid out by the Tourism Department and implemented by CDC standards.

"We want to build confidence in travelers and industry employees that their health and safety is a top priority,” said Tourism Director Amy Lukasik. “And, of course, we are happy for our businesses that they can re-open in at least a limited capacity.”

The top things both visitors and businesses need to know are as follows:

>> Ten (10) person occupancy cap.

>> Reservations from International Travelers shall no be accepted, nor booking accepted.

>> Self-quarantining required for fourteen (14) days for any of the following visitors:

  • Any guest that has been on a cruise within fourteen (14) days of booking.
  • Any guest that has been out of the continental United States within fourteen (14) days of booking.
  • Quarantine Orders for New York Tri-State and State of Louisiana Travelers – anyone traveling from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut) or the State of Louisiana is subject to mandatory 14-day self-quarantine and reporting requirements.

>> Specific cleaning protocols for Vacation Rentals are also in effect, which can be found here.

>> Pre-arrival screening of guests to include home origin in addition to FDOH Screening for COVID-19 found here.

>> Maintain records of all bookings to include full name, address, email, phone number to be provided upon request by the FDOH in Flagler County of State Law Enforcement.

>> Display COVID-19 Warning in all vacation rental units.

>> Provide guests copies of the following Executive Orders:

  • 2020-03 Requirements on Individuals arriving from CT, NJ, NY, and LA
  • 2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida (Extended by: 2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery)
  • 2020-86 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida (Extended by: 2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery)

Links to signs and executive orders are available on the Tourism Department’s website:


“We recognize the priority of Keeping Both our residents and visitors safe and are confident that these guidelines would allow for a safe reopening of short-term vacation rentals in Flagler County,” Lukasik said.

All residents and businesses are reminded to abide by Executive and Emergency Orders and follow the Florida Department of Health and CDC guidance.

Additionally, those who are sick and/or told to self-isolate are to: remain at home unless seeking medical care, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a facemask around others, and disinfect touched surfaces daily.

COVID-19 testing is available for Flagler County residents at a variety of locations. Please visit www.FlaglerCounty.org and follow the links for JCOVID-19 and hen select Screening & Testing for the latest options. COVID-19 health-related questions or concerns should be directed to our regular healthcare provider or the Florida Health hotline at 866-779-6121.

COVID-19 business concerns should be directed to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation at 866-532-1440.

All other COVID-19 government services questions or concerns may be directed to your municipality or the Emergency Operations Center at 386-313-4200.

Check for current information on Flagler County’s website www.flaglercounty.org and follow “Flagler County Government” or “Flagler County Emergency Management” on Social Media. The county’s social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

Flagler County Government

Flagler County Emergency Management

Toby Tobin: REALTOR®, SRES®

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reader comments
No Enforcement
Posted by Ron
May 23, 2020, 3:08 pm
Who is going to regulate this business?

This business has not been regulated by DBPR since they issued licenses to operate as a STVR. The Governor’s 14 day quarantine has not been enforced. Why are you stoping people coming into Florida? If you are not enforcing the Governor’s orders?

The STVR industry has been operating unregulated for years. This business operation is the most dangerous public lodging operations for consumers. Flagler County tax revenue is base on this business. When will this commission wake up? How can you rely on this transient business for your only revenue? When will you start seeking companies to supplement this operation. To rely on this industry for county tax base is crazy.

We need to start voting these incompetent politicians out. Let’s start with Senator Hutson.

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