In 2015, Mary remodeled the garage apartment of her 1923 beachside home. She wanted to combine her passions for travel and entertaining by hosting guests through AirBnB. For five months, she enjoyed meeting people from around the world and introducing them to Daytona Beach. As a retired corporate executive, she was enjoying her first taste of entrepreneurship.
When a Daytona News Journal article about the growing vacation rental industry featured her property, Mary found out that the city considered her homesharing arrangement illegal and shut her down.
Ever since then, Mary has been working to make vacation rentals legal throughout the city. She firmly believes that vacation rentals will help the beachside recover from years of economic downturn and neglect.
Joann and her husband Jim dreamt of a retirement home by the beach. They purchased a beachside home with separate living space which their realtor assured them could be used as a vacation rental. With that supplemental income, they could afford the property and enjoy their retirement years in a location they both loved. It was only after they started living that dream that they found out their vacation rental wasn’t legal.
Inspired by the story of two little girls in a fairy garden, Joann transformed her front yard into a fairy garden showplace. Families with children who stayed at her home would often play and make friends with her own grandchildren. The fairy garden was a magical place where the new friends loved to play. When families left, she was happy to know they went home with the story of the great experience they had at her home and at the “World’s Most Famous Beach”.
Jim, a Vietnam veteran, died of exposure to Agent Orange in 2017.
Today, Joann just wants to get back to welcoming people to her home, and providing magical experiences for children and families.
KRISTA AND COLIN
Krista and Colin recently moved to Daytona Beach from Gainesville, GA. They spent so much time at their vacation home in Daytona that they finally decided to make Daytona their home and will just “visit” Georgia. They both love the weather, the beachside communities, the outdoor activities and the economic opportunities they see in Daytona and surrounding areas.
Together, they have purchased seven run-down and foreclosed properties and turned them into attractive vacation rentals. They have invested $1.9M in Daytona Beach properties. They would like to invest even more, but they have put those plans on hold because the city's prohibition on vacation rentals makes it impossible for them to recoup their investment.
The Goodrichs believe that vacation rentals should be available for all and continue their fight to get them reasonably regulated in Daytona Beach. Their personal mission is to help clean up Daytona Beach, and help it earn its place as the World’s Most Famous and Most Beautiful Beach, one home at a time.
Inspired by all the area activity and the relative affordability of Daytona Beach, Jennifer and her husband bought a second home on Daytona’s beachside in 2016. They have been steadily repairing and improving the home since the purchase.
Jennifer’s interest in short-term rentals was sparked because she wanted to be able to retire in a few years and still afford the house at the beach. She has stayed at several Airbnb type rentals and loved the chance to enjoy other cities like a resident.
Renting short term to vacationers, snow birds or others in town for business seemed like the perfect solution. It would be a way to cover some expenses, and have the home available for personal use.
Unfortunately, Daytona’s current policy regarding short-term rentals makes this impossible, as the City has mandated that any rental must be at least six months. Finding this policy incredibly uninspired given the current need to boost Daytona Beach neighborhoods and given the expectations visitors now have regarding vacation rental availability, Jennifer has joined this effort to create positive change.