As announced at the 2019 Annual Meeting, the Club’s Board of Directors has made an important decision regarding rental listing sites. With the recommendation and support of the Membership Committee, they have unanimously agreed that any Ocean Reef Club or Anglers property that is listed on any public website for rent will not be eligible for guest cards. This decision did not require any change to our existing rules. The rules have always held that the privilege of guest access is up to the Board of Directors and may be withheld for any reason.
For those that rent only to Social Members this has no impact, they do not need guest cards. However, if your home is listed on any of these sites for any reason, the residence will become ineligible for a guest card for anyone. Once removed, all guest privileges will be restored. Club offerings were designed for use by Members, their families and guests.
By renting a property through Vrbo or similar website, that right to use the Club is being resold for the sole benefit of the homeowner, not the Club, and therefore not the membership at large. The Club spends weeks vetting new Members and yet the rentals through Vrbo and others come right through our gates unabated. It does not feel right to see access to our private Club being offered to anyone who desired to visit and additionally, it creates discomfort for the neighboring residents. It is very damaging to the value of the Club’s Brand and the ability to control and manage who has the right to enjoy the amenities and offerings the Club provides.