To call it a ban, or not to call it a ban, that is the question which doesn’t have a simple answer.
No new stores can open in Palm Beach County. It’s a ban!
Any city in Palm Beach County can opt out. It’s not a ban!
All 8 puppy stores in the county can continue operating ad infinitum. Definitely not a ban!
Not only that, they can relocate their business if they want. Hardly a ban!
Not only that, they can SELL THEIR BUSINESS IF THEY WANT. What kind of a ban is that?
Stores are under some strong restrictions, but you all know the drill: really hard to implement. In 2017 one of the stores (contemporary article says they are down to 7 stores) had to go before a judge for a cleanliness violation. $200 fine. That’s it.
This isn’t even a ban with strong restrictions, this is a ban of new stores, but the old ones can keep right on selling the offspring of tortured, sickly, feral, malnourished, uncared for, unsocialized, dogs who are serving life sentences in a rotting jailhouses for the crime of having been born a dog.
So we’re going to put Palm Beach County, Florida’s ordinance in its own category: Old Stores Welcome, New Stores Not.
Bottom line: someone could buy a store, move its location and still be welcome in Palm Beach County with arms wide open until the end of time.
Reading = Weeping
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