Recent comments in the Independent by Jack Markovitz of the Citizen's Assn. of Sunset Beach give the impression that most of the residents of Sunset Beach are opposed to being annexed by Huntington Beach ("Sunset annexation hearing postponed," March 3).
Let me point out some important facts.
What are the motivations of those opposing annexation?
1. Economic: Many property owners rent out their properties on a weekly basis, especially in the summer. Very often, the renters invite their friends to large parties right next to homes inhabited by families with children. So what are the problems? Congestion, noise, parking, foul language, heavy drinking — not suitable for a residential neighborhood.
What does Huntington Beach propose? Allow weekly rentals provided that owners obtain a conditional use permit for their properties. Huntington Beach would check the properties for safety and any code violations and then issue permits to properties that are in compliance with codes. Most property owners who do weekly rentals do not want to abide by those rules.