Hunters Run Wants to Become a Town All Its Own

By | March 20th, 2017

The private country club and community in Boynton Beach, Fla. is planning to start the process of establishing a separate mailing address for the property. “It’s really just a selling point,” said club President Carl Sloan. “Something a little different.”

Hunters Run markets itself as a private country club covering nearly 1,000 acres in Boynton Beach, Fla., the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported, offering a lifestyle full of social activities—dining, a pool and tiki bar, spa services, tennis, pickle ball and golf, and a 145,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse.

While not an official 55-and-older community, about 90 percent of Hunters Run’s residents are seniors, the Post reported. The community comprises more than 20 neighborhoods and about 1,650 homes in a block of land between Military Trail and Interstate 95.

And when it comes to elections, Hunters Run has created an identity as the most powerful residential development in the city, the Post reported.

But there’s one aspect of the community residents would like to change to make the place more attractive: Instead of a Boynton Beach mailing address, they’d like to make it Hunters Run.

“It’s really just a selling point,” Hunters Run President Carl Sloan told the Post. “Something a little different.”

The community is in the early stages of investigating the change, the Post reported. Representatives have spoken with Boynton Beach Commissioner Justin Katz, who represents the district that Hunters Run sits in. Katz said he doesn’t have a problem with the address change, the Post reported, as long as it doesn’t affect the city.

Sloan made it clear that the community doesn’t want to be annexed out of Boynton, the Post reported, and Katz said he was told the community would still pay for city services.

The commissioner plans to ask City Attorney Jim Cherof how Hunters Run would make the change, the Post reported.

According to Debra Fetterly, a Communications Programs Specialist with the United States Postal Service (USPS), there is a process that would need to be followed to bring about the change, the Post reported. The process, which was created because of an increasing amount of such requests, requires that a community representative make the request to a local district manager with the USPS, who would then determine whether to move forward, based on cost and service implications.

If the process advances, residents would then be surveyed to see if there is enough support.

Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant told the Post that he thinks the change is a “great idea.” And if it does help business and raise property values, that means the community would pay more in taxes to the city, Grant noted.

But the idea isn’t a new one to Grant, the Post reported. The mayor grew up in Gaithersburg, Md., which then changed its mailing address to North Potomac.

“[Hunters Run is] still going to get Boynton Beach city police, fire and EMT services,” Grant noted. “So [it’s just a] changing of a name, and I don’t think of it as any sort of hit on Boynton Beach.”

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