Intrigue preceded Thursday’s Jacksonville City Council special committee on short-term vacation rentals.

Chairman Danny Becton took his leave of the panel, with a letter expressing “disappointment … in recent events for which I have found dismissive actions towards my legislative work.”

Becton said his “effectiveness” was impaired, and he could not be “successful in this role.”

Council President Aaron Bowman was unfazed, noting that the committee likely would finish up Thursday without its erstwhile head.

The Bowman/Becton beef was, sources say, over a bill that Bowman deferred against Becton’s request. We are still waiting on Becton’s take.

The committee was formed earlier this year to look at zoning and other regulatory issues related to short-term rentals, and how to collect some of the roughly $366,000 in income left on the table via tax collection.

The revamped committee on Thursday moved toward concrete recommendations in a draft bill, though new chair Jim Love noted that there was still a long way to go.

Love, who represents tourist-heavy areas like Riverside and Avondale, added that “more than a third” of the activity from the 306 short-term rentals operating in Jacksonville is actually in his district.

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