New Officer in Charge at Captiva Post Office
If you spend any time on Captiva Island, chances are you will run into Marcia Bennett. Pick up your mail, buy a stamp or send a postcard and it’s likely to be Bennett that will be behind the counter at the Captiva Post Office.
Bennett recently transferred from the Nocate Post Office, just south of Arcadia, Fla., and is now the Officer in Charge — or OIC — at the Captiva Post Office. This position is similar to that of a postmaster but, due to changes within the postal service new postmasters are not being appointed.
She joins Dianne Schimd, who works part-time in the mornings.
“Captiva is very beautiful,” Bennett said of her new workplace. “It is a privilege to come out and work and get to know the locals.”
Bennett started working for the Postal Service in 1983 when she got a job at the Page Field Post Office in Fort Myers, working the letter sorting machine on the midnight shift.
“Back then, Page Field was the main airport,” Bennett recalled. “Back then, the planes all had girls names written on the side of them.”
Bennett worked five years at the Page Field office before transferring to a day shift at the downtown Fort Myers Post Office. She spent the next 17 years working for the Postal Service at various post offices around the area such as North Fort Myers, Alva, Lehigh Acres and what is known as “The Plant,” the main industrial office on Jet Port Loop in Fort Myers.
Despite looking forward to her new position, Bennett has her eye on retirement. She has six years to go until she is able to retire from the post office and felt Captiva would be a nice place to settle before ending her career.
Bennett moved to Florida in the early 1970s with her parents. Since then, she has witnessed a lot of changes throughout Southwest Florida.
“Lee County was really growing,” she recalls of her first years in the Post Office. “The area was really expanding.”
As far as any changes at the Captiva Post Office, Bennett said that customers can look forward to “business as usual.” She wants residents and visitors to know that she enjoys working with the public and making sure each customer has a pleasant and hassle-free visit.
So the next time you’re visiting the Captiva Post Office, stop in and welcome Captiva’s new Officer in Charge. The Post Office, located at 14812 Captiva Drive, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, then 2 to 4 p.m.