Government Affairs: The following is an update from various meetings on the hottest issues that touch hospitality throughout our community.

Monterey Regional Water Supply Project:

Assisting in approval and implementation of a long-term sustainable water source continues to be our number one priority in 2019. The good news is we are beginning to see excellent progress in this process, and we will continue working with the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses to bring the project to a successful conclusion.

Short-Term Rentals:

The final version of an STR ordinance has been completed by County staff and is on the way to the board of supervisors with the staff recommendation for approval. The staff believes that regulations and standards for the operation of vacation rentals are necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of visitors staying in vacation rental accommodations and residents of Monterey County. A link providing all details of the draft ordinance is available on the MCHA website.

Tourism Marketing and Promotion Funding:

MCHA and its members must continue working closely with the MCCVB to maintain full funding for tourism marketing and promotion. All of the contributing jurisdictions are experiencing budget issues and some are seriously considering reducing these funds.

Consider this a call to action! Please contact director of government affairs Gary Cursio to see how you can help. Time is of the essence.

FORA:

The current FORA governance agreement expires in 2020. Fortunately, the FORA Board of Directors in a vote of 7 to 5 passed a motion to continue a revised regional approach to governance. The governing entity would consist of the five jurisdictions impacted by this governance. This recommendation has been sent to the California legislature where the final decision will be made. Please contact Sen. Bill Monning stating that your business fully supports the board recommendation.

Your GAC will continue to monitor events and issues as they occur and will react and advise the Board of Directors on all important issues affecting hospitality. We will continue the policy of being more proactive and to anticipate upcoming issues and events rather than only working in a reactive mode. The GAC needs the help of every MCHA member please consider joining us at our monthly GAC meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of each month from 8:30 AM to 10 AM. Periodically guest speakers will be invited to better inform the committee on issues of interest. Please let director of government affairs Gary Cursio know of any speakers you would like to hear from.