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Eureka Springs Bans Private Vacation Homestays

J. Froelich
Ozarks at Large
Rock Cottage Gardens Bed&Breakfast is just one of hundreds of licensed tourist lodgings in Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs city council recently approved a new ordinance to prohibit hundreds of privately-run short-term vacation rentals in town, commonly listed on sites such as Airbnb. Currently Eureka counts over 180 tourist lodgings including "bed & breakfast" accomodations, cottages, cabins and boarding houses licensed to operate only in certain city zones and required to pay a special city tax. 

Clarification: Only one national homestay vendor collects a tourist tax from unlicensed short-term vacation rentals in Eureka Springs, which is remitted to the city, according to a city official. Those taxed homestay rentals, however, are not disclosed.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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