Hunters Run markets itself as a private country club covering nearly 1,000 acres in Boynton Beach that offers a lifestyle full of social activities — dining, a pool and tiki bar, spa services, tennis, pickle ball and golf, and a 145,000-square-foot clubhouse.
While not an official 55-and-older community, about 90 percent of Hunters Run’s residents are seniors. The community comprises more than 20 neighborhoods and about 1,650 homes in a block of land just south of Woolbright Road between Military Trail and Interstate 95.
And when it comes to elections, it has created an identity as the most powerful residential development in the city.
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 said. “Something a little different.”
The community is in the early stages of investigating the change. But, representatives have spoken with Commissioner Justin Katz, who represents the district Hunters Run sits in. He said he doesn’t have a problem with the address change as long as it doesn’t affect the city.
Sloan said the community doesn’t want to be annexed out of Boynton. 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.
According to the postal service, there is a process, which was created because of an increasing amount of requests, said Debra Fetterly, USPS’ communications programs specialist.
A community representative can make the request to a local district manager who would then determine whether to move forward based on cost and service implications. If the processadvances, residents would be surveyed to see if there is enough support.
Mayor Steven Grant said 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, he said.
But the idea isn’t a new one to Grant.
The mayor grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which changed its mailing address to North Potomac.
“They’re still going to get Boynton Beach city police, fire and EMT services so all it is, is changing of a name and I don’t think of it as any sort of hit on Boynton Beach,” he said.