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"Find a place to stay," the website promises. Type in "Sarasota," pick your dates and name the number of people in your party. Up pops a map, with pinpoints marking different prop- erties on the left while on the right, the screen i s p o p u l a t e d w i t h photos of all types of Sarasota properties. No hotels, but there's a d o w n t o w n p e n t - house within "walking distance from every- thing you need," a "honeymoon cottage" in the neighborhood around the Ringling Museum, even a "river- front cottage" far inland — all those among many other destinations, priced all over the map, from $59 a night to $600. The site: Airbnb — launched in 2008 and billed as a "commu- nity marketplace" for travelers looking for good deals and prop- erty owners hoping to A recent screenshot shows the Airbnb homepage. Image Courtesy AIRBNB'S POPULARITY HAS EXPLODED, AND THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE IS WATCHING CLOSELY PAY UP We want people to know we're out there. Liz Klaber Chief Deputy Tax Collector Sarasota County By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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