Incline Village was designed in 1960 as a 'gated community' for the uber elite, next to a National Treasure with special amenity access. As Tahoe travelers 'discovered' the serenity of the northeast shore (in part due to the access provided by Flume and East Shore Trails), the demand for lodging has pushed Short Term Rentals into new territory, bringing local vs. visitor problems - mostly caused by ignorance, lack of enforceable hosting protocols and greed.
yes, anytime greed takes over an industry, things get nasty. So, to be clear...
#1 enemy is (as usual) Greed (not STR's).
#2 Vacation rentals have been part of Tahoe destination lodging landscape for 40+ years. Original lodging were peoples homes (or caves in BC times). So being against home lodging options is like holding back a tsunami with a surfboard. Millions of visitors a year come to Tahoe. And residents either have $$, work remote, manage property or work in hospitality industry (we are a destination economy after-all).
#3 There is a Middle Way... CHANGE the HOSTING, ie; the Visitor Menu and lodging protocols aligned with what best serves the Lake. Example: Tahoe Stewardship Hosting Standard (a solution). It's hosting protocal puts the Lake first. When we make decisions based on what is best for Lake Tahoe, our National Treasure (that unfortunately didn't become a park, so it is up to locals to lead by example)...everyone wins.