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USPS seeks to add retail services

By Staff | Oct 17, 2019

The United States Postal Service is looking to add a retail services facility in Cape Coral.

Patti Webb, of the USPS, will be at a public hearing before the Cape Coral City Council Monday to ask the city approve the request where they will spell out their need, invite questions from Council and solicit written input on the proposal in the time following the hearing.

In a letter to Mayor Joe Coviello, Webb wrote the USPS continues to experience net-losses in revenue because of the continued reliance of customers on electronic delivery, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to generate revenue.

The USPS will seek a new location near the existing post office, use it as a new post office and expand retail functions into that location, which was not disclosed.

Coviello said something like this would be a plus for the city.

“Whenever I go to the post office, there’s a pretty long line. I would like to see another one in the city. I also think it would create some nice jobs for the city,’ Coviello said. “I hope they push for a central one here and another downtown on 47th Terrace. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Following the hearing, the USPS will have a 30-day comment and appeal period for people to give their input before deciding whether to continue the proposal.

It will notify the council and the public in writing and implement the decision.

In other business on Monday’s Council agenda, the elected board also will consider a name change to one of its municipal charter elementary schools.

In a letter from Cape Coral Charter Schools Superintendent Jacquelin Collins, the schools have been “tasked by its governing board and stakeholders” to rebrand the K-12 school system and to unite the schools under one banner.

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, which is seven miles to the north of the Oasis schools complex, will be renamed Oasis Elementary North, while the current Oasis Elementary will be named Oasis Elementary South. The other schools will have their names unchanged.

“We believe our school system needs a more cohesive identity so the general public is no longer confused,” Collins stated in the letter. “It is also important to create a recognizable platform that allows all four schools to fully partake in the charter school’s brand superiority, which ultimately impacts the school system’s business growth.”

Council meetings begin at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.