Michael Applegate 
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Re: “Airbnb proves profitable (and problematic) in Colorado

"Airbnb's senior policy director for Colorado" Don't you mean Airbnb's senior lobbyist for Colorado? What kind of a job title is that other than lobbyist? What business does a San Francisco company have dictating local policy (other than obviously trying to maximize profits for said company)?

Finally, this was written by "Indy Promotions". It is also clearly labelled as "promoted". Why can't we see who promoted it?

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Posted by Michael Applegate on 10/23/2019 at 5:55 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

Anyone who feels like Neil and John do: please check out the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance's FB page


and consider joining us in writing City Council allCouncil@springsgov.com

to ask for:
a Primary Residency requirement
caps on STR permits so that the City has control of the growth (growth in COS is over 4,400% since 2013)
requirements for the 60+ online STR Platforms to provide transparent data to the city and hold the Platforms accountable
close the loop on the Platform reporting with 3rd-party software (like Harmari) to scrub the web for STR istings that are not compliant

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Posted by Michael Applegate on 09/23/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

As RMS points out, right now in Colorado Springs, anyone can operate a lodging business in any house in almost any neighborhood by using an investment property exclusively as a short term rental. City Council will be voting in August on code regarding Short Term Rentals (STRs). To date, most of the feedback about the proposed ordinance has been coming from the owners/investors of short term rentals. However, the City Planning office wants to hear from neighborhood residents too. What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? What impact do/could investment properties solely used as short term rentals have on your neighborhood?
As an example, the house across the street from us in Holland Park has become one of the these businesses, and we have lost the opportunity to have a long-term neighbor. If left unchecked, it could happen to you as well! Investors see this as a lucritive way to maximize their profits (vs. renting long term to actual residents of our city) and it has the potential to choke out real residents who need to have a place to live their lives. Please contact Meggan Herington from the City Planning office before its too late to have your voice heard:
(719) 385-5083
Do so no matter how you feel, knowing that this is a real opportunity for your voice to have a lot of influence on city policy.

Posted by Michael Applegate on 07/12/2018 at 2:08 PM

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