Help Keep the Beach Post Office Open
By Anne McKay Garris
Your assignment, if you will accept it, is to keep our Clearwater Beach Post Office open. Last week a notice appeared on my doorstep. It was a public notice from the Post Office to postal customers in Zip Code Area 33767. It included a survey sheet asking questions about how you use our local post office, and how often. There is a place to make comments and, of course, sign your name and address.
A quick read of the accompanying public notice led me to think the decision had been made to close the Clearwater Beach Post Office and move all the activities to Cleveland Street Post Office.
My first thought was, "They'll do anything to get people to go downtown."
My second thought was to call Gary Sawtelle, the public relations person for this district of the Post Office, and ask questions.
According to Sawtelle, the final decision about our Post Office has not been made and the response to the questionnaire will make a difference. "The Post Office is very sensitive to public input," he assured me. "We really want to do the best possible job in serving the people. Taking note of the answers in questionnaires is part of the decision process."
Anyone who did not receive a Postal Customer Questionnaire in the mail may pick one up at the Beach Post Office and submit it there, or take it home to fill out and mail it in. There is a deadline, however. It must be submitted, or postmarked by November 16, 2009, for it to be included in the decision making process.
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