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With peak beach season around the corner, owners of vacation housing companies in Franklin County are worried that a continued prohibition on rentals will all but kill their business. (Photo: Cara Fleischer)

With peak beach season around the corner, owners of vacation housing companies in Franklin County are worried that a continued prohibition on rentals will all but kill their business.

The ban, extended until Phase 2 of reopening the state begins in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, excludes hotels, motels, inns, resorts and long-term rentals, a caveat that is drawing ire from at least one rental company on St. George Island.

“We are the working people who help fuel the economy in many panhandle counties and we will help lead the economic recovery,” wrote Alice D. Collins, the president of Collins Vacation Rentals in a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We support your efforts and appreciate all