The Collier County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 10 voted to oppose the U.S. Postal Service plan to consolidate or close the Fort Myers Processing and Distribution Center which would have a $40 million economic impact on the five counties served, including Collier County. District 3 Commissioner Tom Henning is leading the effort for this cause and is appreciative of the support of his fellow commissioners.
Commissioner Henning said the loss of jobs to our community would be hard felt.
“The U.S. Postal Service has said there is a potential of losing 400 jobs in the Southwest Florida area. That would take a significant toll, not only to the lives of the workers and their families but also to our economy,” said Commissioner Henning. “We are trying to find ways to get more jobs in Collier County and all of Southwest Florida to boost our economy. The Fort Myers Processing and Distribution Center needs to remain open and active for the good of the community,” concluded Henning.
The Fort Myers facility serves Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. The Board of County Commissioners plans to send a letter to the Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C., to advocate Collier County’s position to Congress as they continue to develop a plan to restore the financially challenged Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to hold off closing mail facilities and post offices until May 15, 2012. A series of discussions between Postal Service officials and some U.S. Senators has given legislators time to craft a legislative solution during the moratorium.
The closing of the Fort Myers facility will greatly affect businesses in Collier County that depend on delivery of overnight goods. The Fort Myers’ facility sorts mail and packages from as far away as the communities of Marco Island, Immokalee and Port Charlotte – results in a total loss of wages (direct and indirect) of $40 million according to Florida Gulf Coast University.
For more information, contact Commissioner Tom Henning at (239) 252-8097.