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Grand Island

Who knew Grand Island was a tourist destination?

More than a dozen homeowners on the island have been advertising their properties online as short-term rentals and tourist homes, which is not allowed under local law.

The town was alerted to the problem after neighbors next to the rented homes began complaining.

“We got our first complaints this summer,” said Town Supervisor Mary Cooke. “Amazingly, some houses have been rented this way for years – one on my street – and there were no issues. But this summer there were many complaints, particularly about two properties.”

To find which homes were being rented for short-term stays, the Town’s code enforcement office searched the Internet. It found 13 Grand Island properties listed for rent and sent cease and desist orders to each property’s owner.

One homeowner, Glenn Wallace, who owns 917 North Colony Road, has a special use permit to operate as a Bed and Breakfast, but the rules that allow for that operation require the home to be owner occupied. Offering the property for rent does not meet those guidelines, Cooke said.

Also this week:

Grand Island Town Hall will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Christmas Day. Wednesday’s pick-up will take place Thursday, Thursday’s pick-up will be moved to Friday and Friday’s pick-up will take place Saturday.

The Grand Island Town Board will have a workshop meeting Friday at 8 a.m. in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

The Grand Island Recreation Department will host a day of crafts and activities for children age 7 to 12 Saturday at the Nike Base Reality Cafe, 3278 Whitehaven Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.