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State of Florida Accepts Orange County’s Plan to Reopen Vacation Rentals

May 27, 2020

By: Rebecca Wilson, Tara Tedrow & McGregor Love

On May 22, 2020, the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) approved Orange County’s plan to safely reopen vacation rental operations within the County. Orange County submitted its plan pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-123, which permits individual counties to submit requests to reopen vacation rental operations, subject to the county’s submittal of a plan to safely reopen. 

Orange County’s plan, which became effective immediately following the State’s approval, allows vacation rental properties to resume operations subject to certain restrictions. Such restrictions include:

  • Vacation rentals may not be used for events or group gatherings that exceed maximum occupancy.

  • Only guests whose name appear on the reservation may stay at the property.

  • Reservations and stays are only allowed by U.S. residents from states with a COVID-19 case rate of less than 700/100,000 residents. (Currently, the following states exceed the stated rate: New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Washington DC.)

  • Any person coming from a highly-infection area, as defined by the Governor’s guidelines, must reserve a minimum stay of 14 nights and follow CDC self-quarantine guidelines.

  • Vacation rentals must follow DBPR’s sanitation and safety guidelines and the Vacation Rental Management Association’s SafeHome guidelines.

  • Where direct guest contact may occur between property owners, managers, or other staff, PPE must be used.

  • All guests must be provided written CDC guidance and resources and Orange County’s COVID-19 information from the County’s dedicated website.

In addition to these requirements, Orange County’s plan also recommends adherence to the minimum standards and best practices set forth by the DBPR. For more information, consult Orange County’s full plan.  

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Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.

As early as sixth grade, Becky advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the South, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and Southern charm were responsible in part for her appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.


McGregor Love assists clients with entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office, and mixed use.

McGregor works with local governments and other regulatory authorities to address the needs of clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, site plan approval, variance and waiver requests, due diligence, and property rights.

With a background in land use and business litigation, McGregor previously worked for other law firms where he focused on the representation of Florida businesses and business investors.

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