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Charleston announces listening sessions on short-term rentals

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Other cities are also grappling with short-term rentals. In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2015, a billboard opposes a ballot measure that would place restrictions on short-term rentals in San Francisco. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The first of several "listening sessions" for Charleston city staff to get input on short-term rentals is set for Thursday night in West Ashley.

The first session is from 6 to 8 p.m. in Synagogue Emanu-El's social hall at 5 Windsor Drive.

The other sessions:

• March 25 — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Charleston Charter School of Math and Science auditorium, 1002 King St.

• April 20 — 6 to 8 p.m., James Island Christian School, 15 Crosscreek Drive.

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• May 18 — 6 to 8 p.m., Barbara Pearlstine Social Hall at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue, 90 Hasell St. (parking in the Wentworth Garage at Wentworth and St. Philip streets will be validated).

The sessions are organized by the city's Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability.

“Short-term rentals pose a unique challenge to cities like ours and public input is critical if we’re going to get it right," Director Jacob Lindsey said in the announcement. "That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to come to a listening session and share their perspectives and ideas with the task force.”

A task force on short-term rentals has held three meetings since November.

More information is at charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1520.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

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