Post Office Looking to Close Offices, Some Slated For Our Area

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP

The News Service of Florida - July 27, 2011 -

The U.S. Postal Service has identified nearly 700 post offices nationwide for possible closure or consolidation as part of cost cutting measure, although officials say the final list may include less than half that many. With Congress looking to cut spending, and the post office having long struggled in the face of electronic communication and billing, the service has been bracing for massive cutbacks. A preliminary list floating around in Congress, published by the Washington Post, includes seven post offices in St. Petersburg-Clearwater, six in Jacksonville, six in Miami-Dade County, five in Tampa, five in Orlando, four in Palm Beach County, three in Broward County, three in Kissimmee, three in Naples, and a handful of others around the state.

According to the list of possible closures on the USPS website, area post offices expected to close include Salem, Mayo, Telogia, and Cypress. The complete list can be found at the link below.

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Washington, D.C. (AP) - The Postal Service is launching a study of
thousands of local post offices for possible closure in an effort
to save money.

The cash-strapped agency lost $8 billion last year. Postal
officials have scheduled a briefing for Tuesday.

Most of the approximately 3,600 offices that face reviews are in
rural areas, but postal official say they are looking into
alternate service, such as locating offices in businesses, town
halls or community centers.

In those cases the so-called Village Post Office would replace
one to be closed.

Coming under review doesn't necessarily mean an office will
close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400
offices for closing. So far 280 have been closed and 200 have
finished the review process and will remain open.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Unemployed Location: Tallahassee on Jul 28, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Now there will be more in the unemployment ranks. Way to go people. If you had decided to stop Saturday delivery years ago you might be able to keep them open.
  • by Nancy Location: Quincy on Jul 27, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    If a private company were run like the U.S. Postal Service it would have gone out of business twenty years ago! Is it not obvious they need a complete change of management?
  • by Pat Location: Havana on Jul 27, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    I like our Havana post office. The people are helpful, friendly, and smart.
  • by Walmart Maybe? on Jul 27, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    The PO needs to look into the possibility of leasing space in Walmart Super Stores! Reason being, Walmart is open 24/7, so a PO in a Walmart store would always be available. Other possibilities also exist...
  • by Cairo Girl Location: Cairo on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    We have the best PO around!! Jeff and Theresa and the others are the best and most friendly place around! Even though we have to wait in line for a little while because of one employee at counter, you feel like your number 1!! Thanks, USPS office in CAIRO!!
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      by really on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to Cairo Girl
      really? i dont get that feeling when i go in there. i feel like no. last.
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        by Cairo Girl on Jul 28, 2011 at 08:38 AM in reply to really
        Really, Really? hmmm, I see them treat each customer with respect and are being polite and go out of the way for each customer. Sorry, you don't feel like that.
  • by ga Location: ga on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    close them all, prime example of how our gov. is.....losing millions every year but lets keep it running..............something ain't right with that picture......2012 it is only going to get worst.usps owes alot of money out that is coming due in aug. 2012...can you smell more borrowed money or another stimulates in the works here. wake up peeps
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      by should be makeing aprofit. on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to ga
      maby different management.
  • by tom Location: madison on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Shut them all down and disband....
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Jul 26, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    In 1865 the United States by bayonet decided that we would have a strong central government. Since that time the Constitution, general welfare clause, and the commerce clause have been manipulated to apply to any situation in which the central government wishes to seize control. The central government just about controls everything in our daily lives. The central government has grown so large this country is unmanageable. Even our spending and debt are uncontrollable. Name a department you think is managed efficiently. I feel some of the USPS problem is their give, give, give contract with the union. Someone needs to have that contact examine and exposed to the sunlight. Somebody wanted a strong central government, you got it, enjoy........
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      by Voice of Reason on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to Jim
      I like the cut of your jib, Jim.
  • by Jake on Jul 26, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    If the Post office's go under, the private services can charge what they want. Wanna pay $200.00 for your Viagra to be delivered??
    • reply
      by Jim on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM in reply to Jake
      I will.......
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        by Jake on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to Jim
        Good point.
  • by leah Location: tally on Jul 26, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    you dont know what you are talking about. a lot of fed ex and ups get contracted out to the post office. some bills you have to pay for online pay. a lot of businesses rely on the post office. its not all junk mail like you all think
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      by Jim on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to leah
      leah, I don't know about your statement. I do think that the post office contracts out to ups. Don't know about fed ex.
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