By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
In November 2015, while still Tiburon's mayor, Councilmember Frank Doyle joined Airbnb and began using the short-term-rental service to list his family's 1963 Airstream Safari for about $100 per night. Over the next 16 months, the shiny, silver-finish trailer — outfitted with a bathroom and a kitchen with a Gaggenau range and which he and wife Leslie parked in a clearing of oak woodland next to their Round Hill Road home — would become the Tiburon Peninsula's No. 1 Airbnb destination. Based on the 147 reviews it had received by late March, on average it drew new guests about every three nights, one review for every stay.
The problem is, short-term rentals are illegal under Tiburon's vacation-rental ban.
The same month Doyle opened his account on Airbnb, the Tiburon Town Council had voted — with Doyle and then-Vice Mayor Erin Tollini dissenting — to ban vacation rentals by rescinding a 2010 ordinance that had allowed rentals of 30 days or fewer if homeowners received a permit, procured a business license and paid the town a hotel tax.
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