The backdrop for the night’s content was a new home decorated for Modernism Week by Mr. Berk and built in the style of Joseph Eichler by KUD Properties, which is owned by Troy Kudlac, a bow-tied broker and developer who is in favor of less regulation for vacation rentals.
“The town was started this way,” Mr. Kudlac said. “People came out here specifically to stay in a house and have a week of the Palm Springs life.”
In December 2010, there were 1075 units here registered as vacation rentals. By this past December, that number was 1967.
“It has gotten out of hand,” said Councilman J. R. Roberts, who along with Councilman Geoff Kors has spearheaded the city’s efforts to restrict short-term rentals. Sitting over coffee in Mr. Roberts’s 1954 dwelling, known as the Edris House, the two discussed their unhappiness with the shifts brought on by Airbnb, VRBO and others, even as they considered the ways the rental market has benefited them. Both men have owned homes that they rented. “It made me a fortune,” Mr. Roberts said. “People come to let down their hair and live the martini lifestyle. You will be living just the way Frank Sinatra did in 1947.”
Some of the current vacationers — maybe taking their cues from scene hotels like the Ace — spend their days and nights poolside, talking, drinking and perhaps playing music, he said. Homes with short-term rental permits are held to strict rules prohibiting all outdoor speakers (even portable ones). After 10 p.m., no excessive noise is permitted. Last year, the city issued 207 citations against owners of vacation rentals, at least some of them noise violations, up from 139 in 2015.
“We want anyone who wants to move here part-time to use their vacation rental some of the time,” Mr. Kors said. “What we don’t want is conversion of residential properties in a residential-zoned neighborhood to be used as a full-time short-term tourist lodge or motel.”
In 2011, Fred Ross, James Hansen and a third partner bought a half-vacated building containing five apartments set around a swimming pool. Seeing an opportunity to create a boutique rental for family reunions and small company retreats, they renovated the units and put chaise longues and a barbecue in the pool area. Mr. Ross moved from Portland, Ore., to manage the property, named Thirteen Palms, and joined the local neighborhood group.
They welcomed the Airbnb platform. “We took advantage of shifts in the hospitality industry and have been successful,” said Mr. Hansen, who works as a corporate comptroller in San Francisco.
The men said they wanted to comply with city regulations but were confused by them. The regulation pending review will require them to convert the property into a hotel, adhering to different fire, safety and accessibility regulations.
But the size of their lot will not allow Thirteen Palms to comply with other guidelines for licensed hotels. “There is no precedent for this,” Mr. Ross said, “and no one can tell us what is going on or what the city would like us to do. So I am just going to back to running my business. When I get a notice in the mail that something has to change, we’ll address it.”
(Councilman Roberts said: “We’ll have to look at some properties case by case. We will work with them.”)
Ms. Lazar, the more seasoned hotelier, said that three houses near her home were short-term rentals, and that she had called the police seven times because of noise coming from one. “It’s one owner not vetting guests carefully enough,” she said.
But she sees the effort of the Council as over-regulation that could snuff out the short-term rental market. “We need it,” she said. “We are at our root a resort town.”
Correction: March 6, 2017
An earlier version of this article applied an erroneous distinction to the Don the Beachcomber Polynesian restaurant in Palm Springs. It was not the restaurant’s first location. The original is in Los Angeles.