Airbnb and the Florida Keys are both struggling to stay afloat.
In Tampa, the property owner has filed for bankruptcy and is attempting to sell his home.
In the Bahamas, the Bahamas Tourism Board has revoked a resort’s permit and banned it from operating because of its high occupancy rate.
In Miami, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced it was taking steps to shut down all Airbnb rentals and to revoke any permits it had issued to the company.
Airbnb is not a new phenomenon in the Bahamas.
A few years ago, a local hotel company decided to open an office in Miami.
It had no choice, it said, since the Bahamas had no hotel regulation.
But there was a big pushback.
“It was a major concern,” says Mark Smith, a lawyer with the Bahamas’ Tourism Board.
“And it’s become a huge issue.”
Airbnb has also been facing legal problems in Florida.
Earlier this month, the company was fined $1.5 million for failing to follow its own rules when it banned some visitors from its website, and for not complying with a subpoena for data on its host network.
On the island of Saint-Martin, the hotel company is fighting back against a new bill that would have made it harder for Airbnb to operate.
The bill would have required Airbnb to obtain a license from the local government, which in turn would have to issue permits to Airbnb hotels and host operators.
“We’re not going to sit idly by and let them get away with this,” says Smith.
In a statement to ABC News, Airbnb said the company “does not tolerate any discrimination of any kind and will not tolerate such behavior.”
Airbnb is trying to work with the state to pass legislation that would give it a license, but the Florida Legislature is not ready to give it one.
That means the company is stuck.
For some residents, it’s a case of limbo.
“This is a problem for the city,” says Tanya Johnson, an Airbnb spokesperson.
“A lot of people are just sitting on the sidelines and waiting for the bill to pass.”
Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, the cruise ship captain who was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in 2014 is now facing an appeal in federal court.
The cruise ship was carrying dozens of people who had come to St. Croix Island, a popular resort on St. Maarten.
But the captain allegedly raped one of them, then told another passenger to strip and perform a sex act on him.
The woman, who is now 25, was a witness in a criminal case and told authorities she believed the cruise line captain raped her.
She said she feared for her life and felt that she was being abused.
After the cruise liner was banned, the captain was eventually arrested and pleaded guilty.
The state’s attorney has said that the incident was a “tragic accident,” and that he will not pursue the case against the captain.
The case has been appealed, but Johnson says that the appeals court will decide if it will grant a stay on the ruling.
“The captain is innocent,” she says.
“He’s the captain of a cruise ship, he’s a member of a crew, and he was simply trying to get around the law and get back at a woman who said that she had no idea that he was doing something so heinous.”
Airbnb was the subject of a massive public outcry last year when it was revealed that the company had been hiding some data from the public.
That revelation led to some Airbnb hosts taking down their listings.
But even after the public outcry, Airbnb has continued to work on the issue, even as it has faced legal battles.
In April, a federal judge ruled in favor of the company in a case involving a man who was falsely accused of rape by a local woman who had posted a negative review on Airbnb.
Airbnb has defended its policies by pointing to the fact that its platform makes it easy for people to share information about their guests and their properties.
But for many in Florida, the issue of privacy has never really gone away.
“Privacy is a major issue in Florida,” says John Cottle, a real estate agent in Miami who has worked with Airbnb for a number of years.
“You have a lot of hosts who are hiding information from the people who are looking at their listings.”
Airbnb and other companies have also been fighting back, filing legal challenges against state and federal agencies.
In March, a judge ruled that the Florida Tourism Board had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it passed rules restricting the ability of people with disabilities to use the site.
The board said the rules had been drafted in a way that was “misleading,” and they were also discriminatory.
Airbnb says it is committed to protecting the rights of people of all types, including those with disabilities.
Airbnb said it is reviewing the ruling, but said it was “reviewing the court’s ruling and will defend the right to privacy and to the freedom of speech.”