Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
According to Alice Ryle, United States Postal Service discontinuance coordinator for the Gulf and Atlantic region, Fernandina’s historic post office will close August 10. Tucked away in the southwest corner of the post office lobby is detailed information as to the reasons the postal service will vacate the building.
The postal service estimates a ten year savings of $315,359 by closing the facility. Revenue from postal operations have declined over the years. (See below)
When asked what will happen to the furniture, Ryle indicated it will be moved and/or a local auction will take place. Ryle further stated that museums interested in historic artifacts significant to the community can make a request to the postal service that they remain in the community.
The Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent agency appointed by the President, can remand the closure decision back to the United States Postal Service for reconsideration.* A follow up article will provide a link and mailing address for those interested in contacting the commission.
*Editor’s note: An error was made in the initial report in which we indicated the Postal Regulatory Commission could overturn a closure decision.
July 10, 2013 3:37 p.m.