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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