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Short Term Rentals A Regulatory Headache

Dec 20, 2019
WYPR/Tom Flynn

Short-term rentals—those small, furnished apartments, or even single rooms rented by the day or week--are becoming increasingly popular, as internet services such as Airbnb and Vrbo make them competitive with hotels. But they are also becoming a regulatory headache for cities across the country.

In the last year, there have been battles over short term rental regulations in cities as far apart as Jersey City, New Jersey and Orinda, California. And property owners just down the road in Washington, DC,  say they are frustratned and confused by that city’s new short term rental law.

Tom Flynn

This is the story of what may be the longest-running fight over a development project in Annapolis history. Three mayors have had to deal with it. One of them lost his job because of it.

And as the project, which has undergone a name change along the way, inches toward construction, it remains as controversial as ever.

Shaneka Henson

Shaneka Henson was sworn in on Thursday to the Maryland House of Delegates, where she occupies the seat held by House Speaker Michael Busch until he died last month. Henson is the first African American woman to represent the district in the General Assembly.

Evacuees in Annapolis Tell Their Stories

Jun 28, 2018
Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

Anne Arundel County Police say they evacuated 170 people yesterday from the building in Annapolis that houses the Capital Gazette newspapers and other offices. Here are a few of the stories of the survivors.

Karen Hosler / WYPR

  

Incumbent Republican Mayor Mike Pantelides will face Democrat Gavin Buckley in Annapolis's Mayoral Election in November. Pantelides handily won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary. Buckley's victory was a bit of an upset, as he beat State Senator John Astle. It all sets up what could be a heated race in the coming months. WYPR's Karen Hosler talks about it all with Nathan Sterner.

Karen Hosler

Annapolis’ pre-Labor Day parade had the usual marching bands, dance troupes and city council members waving from antique convertibles. Then there was this guy strutting, skipping, and dancing down West Street, moving from side to side to shake a hand or grab a hug.

Just as he stole the show that day, Australia-born Gavin Buckley has injected the race for Annapolis mayor with a spark rarely seen in city elections.

"I feel like I have a passion to take the city forward and effect some change," Buckley said. "Not just talk about it."

Buckley, 54, is an entrepreneur credited with driving a nest of drug dealers and prostitutes from a main Annapolis thoroughfare.

The gaggle of top state officials, close family members and long-time friends who turned out Wednesday to bid farewell to Marvin Mandel bore witness to the former governor’s broad bipartisan style.