Vacation rentals face woes in Gearhart; hospitality businesses sprout in Cannon Beach.
A short-term rental lottery could limit vacation rentals to 35 properties in Gearhart instead of the current 87 short-term locations.
The city of Gearhart sent notices to property owners late last month to notify residents of upcoming changes to the zoning code. They suggest a new short-term lodging rental policy that could lead to a lottery system like that in place in Cannon Beach, with limits on occupancy, parking restrictions and a requirement for emergency contact information.
”Planning Commission and City Council are trying to minimize the impact of short-term rentals,” said City Administrator Chad Sweet. “What seems to be happening is we see a growth of short-term rentals over the last two years that has brought this to a head.”
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Pelican Brewing, Public Coast Brewing and Fresh Foods are scheduled to open before summer in Cannon Beach.
Pelican Brewing is “a brewpub with ‘beer cuisine’ — including food smoked and brined with beer, homemade sauces, seafood and burgers.”
“It’s pub fare with a little flair,” general manager Carly Dye said.
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The location of Public Coast Brewing was originally the Cannon Beach Lumber Co.
Fresh Foods is “a full-service grocery store with a focus on natural and organic foods; a huge beer and wine selection; and a cafe/deli area with espresso drinks, teas, local baked goods, soups, sandwiches and salads.”