Metro council to discuss short-term rentals at regular meeting

Metro council to discuss short-term rentals at regular meeting
Metro Council members in EBR will discuss renewing the contract for red-light cameras in the city-parish.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council will take up a hot topic items in Wednesday’s meeting.

The council was originally expected to discuss Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s proposal to extend the city’s contract with a private red light camera firm, but that item was deferred.

The proposed four-year contract renewal will reduce costs for collections and allow the city to get newer equipment, according to city-parish CAO Darryl Gissel.

More: Mayor proposing red-light cameras be staple in Baton Rouge through 2023

Council members will also table ordinances to regulate short-term rentals, like Airbnbs, in the city-parish.

People like Marie Constantine, who lives in Spanish Town, are riled up, concerned the properties will take over their area.

“You have a full-blown business that’s really a hotel, but it’s the worst kind of hotel because it’s a hotel with no on-site manager,” said Marie Constantine.

Councilwoman Tara Wicker says her number one priority is to “preserve the integrity and character of the existing historical neighborhoods.”

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