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Gulf Stream: Town aims to be perfectly clear: Businesses need not apply

What do the town of Gulf Stream and cities such as Wellington, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton have in common?
    Location. Location. Location.
    They’re all part of PBC Interactive, Palm Beach County’s newest website to connect business people and developers hungry for new sites with just the right location in just the right town.
    Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Boynton Beach and Juno Beach are also among those hungry to find business matches to keep their economic engines rumbling.
    The site includes zoning, land-use designations and real-time, parcel-based data to make match-making a snap.
    So why is Gulf Stream — with no commercial zoning and no businesses in town — on the site? If the other cities use the site to attract business, Gulf Stream is the opposite.
    “This makes it clear that if you want to start a business in Gulf Stream, you need not apply,” said Town Manager William Thrasher.  
    The idea is, if you check out Gulf Stream as a likely place for a neighborhood dry cleaners, forget it.
    “It will rule out the possibility of any commercial activity,” Thrasher said.
         — Tim O’Meilia

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