Kimberly Tays 
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Re: “Supes Set to Discuss Vacation Rental Ordinance

The joke is that even though the City of Trinidad has enacted a VDU Ordinance, it is not enforcing any of the rules associated with the Ordinance. VDU Property Managers are fudging the rules and turning every available room into a bedroom. If you want to have a huge party, no problem, Property Managers will set you up with a king bed, queen bed, single bed, bunk bed, futon, fold-out couch, cot, you get the idea. VDUs in Trinidad have more amenities than a resort, offering pool tables, ping pong tables, dart boards, saunas, hot tubs, outdoor BBQs, fire pits, you name it. Oftentimes these VDUs block public hiking trails but, again, what is the big deal? The City of Trinidad knows this is going on, but they could care less because VDUs bring in a lot of TOTs (i.e., tourist taxes). Another big joke is that even though the City Council clearly stated that only ONE VDU is allowed PER PARCEL, Trinidad staff is doing everything it can to turn ONE VDU per parcel into 2 and 3 VDUs per parcel. If you want to turn your 4-plex into ONE VDU, just say you are renting it to one party and suddenly 4 separate units becomes 1 VDU. I went to college, but this sort of logic has me scratching my head--am I missing something??? 3 does not = 1, 2 does not = 1--the last I checked, 1 = 1! There is nothing ambiguous about the City Council's direction for the definition of a VDU. It is Trinidad City staff that is working overtime (with Trinidad citizens paying the bill) to manipulate VDU Ordinance language so that Property Mangers can violate the rules. So, don't kid yourself, while there is a semblance of legality to Trinidad's VDUs, it really is a free for all because there is no enforcement by City staff or law enforcement. It is the citizen's that have to deal with these problems and live with the reality of a town being sold to the highest bidder!

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 02/02/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “A Bad Taste

I echo that sentiment, too, for many reasons!

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 01/14/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Who'll Stand up to Rowdy Renters?

If you read the ads, many of the vacation rental homes in Trinidad are purposely set up as party places, providing guests with more amenities than big bar rooms or hotels. Some of the VRs provide pool tables, ping pong tables, dart boards, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor fire rings, you name it. On top of bar room amenities, the owners/property managers have come up with creative ways to cram more people into VRs by converting dens, living rooms, libraries, artist studios, basements, garages, etc., into bedrooms. If you want to have a wild party and need more places for people to sleep, no problem, the property managers can get you set up with king beds, queen beds, single beds, bunk beds, sleeper couches, cots, blow-up mattresses--heck, you can just sleep on the floor if there aren't enough beds and you're too drunk to drive home--what a racket!

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 01/03/2016 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Share Trinidad

I have personally seen vacation rental tenants of La Paloma Lodge, which is owned by Mr. Reinman, block the Parker Creek Trail with their cars. Not only do these cars impede trail access, they also detracts from the natural experience that many people come to Trinidad to enjoy.

It seems Mr. Reinman prefers to turn his properties into party places so he can max out his bottom line at the expense of the community. This sort of greedy, get-rich mentality is exactly what has turned so many people against vacation rentals and why cities and towns across the country are instituting tougher regulations to protect their communities against this sort of abuse.

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 12/27/2015 at 3:06 PM

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