The ACK-Now Attack on Short-term Rentals Flawed Rationale and Substantial Economic Risk “Nantucket Together” is a newly formed coalition of concerned taxpayers, including year round and part-time residents, those who conduct short term rentals and those who do not, all of whom love the island and want to preserve its way of life. Though few were aware in January, an organization named ACK-Now has been attempting to divide us, pursuing an island wide attack against short-term rentals using the affordable housing crisis as their excuse, though their proposal does nothing to directly help affordable housing. Ultimately their actions are likely to harm affordable housing by reducing tax revenue & vacation spending crucial to Nantucket. ACK-Now’s push has accelerated in the dead of winter, during a pandemic, when the vast majority of those primarily harmed, families who rent their homes part of the year, had no knowledge of the push to bring great harm to many. In summary, the main features of their proposed bylaw are: a. a 45 day annual limit on part-time resident owners (6 weeks max), though ACK-Now is trying to tempt full time residents with a preferential 90 days limit b. a 7 day minimum at all times of year. This would kill rentals during the slow 9 months, September to Mid-May, the low season which the Chamber of Commerce has successfully built up over decades of effort, now sprinkled with island events and festivals when lodging demand is overwhelmingly for 3 or 4 day weekends c. 1 car per house, independent of house size or parking spaces (Note: nothing like this exists anywhere in the USA). 70% of island rentals are 4 bed+ rentals that often have 2 cars. d. 2 people per bedroom, independent of house or room size The proposed “1 car” rule seems to have a hidden agenda stemming from the anger about summer traffic from ACK-Now’s primary funder. Everyone shares this irritation, but is this the solution? It could have a material impact on most home rentals, as the majority of home rentals are 4 or more bedrooms that often have friends or family visiting with 2 or more cars. Will this push those prospects to Martha’s Vineyard, The Hamptons, Bar Harbor, as they start to view Nantucket as anti-multi family, antivacationer? With the exception of the sympathetic cause of affordable housing used as a Trojan Horse, ACK-Now’s argument is flawed in virtually all areas, full of anecdotal observation and false equivalencies. They are trying to make progress as their push is ramping up mid-winter almost exclusively to their friends and town decision makers. ACK-Now has also tried to drive a wedge between full-time and part-time residents, by offering full-time residents a preferential 90 day limit vs. 45 days for part-time residents. Beyond the impact to homeowners who rent, the bylaw risks a substantial impact on the island’s businesses and economy.