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Aripeka Post Office to close, residents upset

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ARIPEKA, FL (WFLA) -

Residents in Aripeka, in Pasco County, may soon have a difficult time getting their mail. That's because the Aripeka Post Office is slated to close next month.

Aripeka is rural and has a population of only about 300. Many of the residents depend on their local post office.

"We have a lot of people here in Aripeka that are mostly retired," said Anna Rock, an Aripeka resident. "A lot of them are disabled. Some of them have no vehicles ... A lot of them drive bikes. Some of them do not have license."

The only way to get mail in Aripeka is to have a P.O. Box.

Many walk or bike to the post office.  But it is scheduled to close Sept. 13, after a lease dispute. This means residents will have to drive 15 minutes each way to the Hudson Post Office.

Some residents say they've asked for P.O.boxes to be located somewhere else in Aripeka or to have mail delivered to their homes.

But the U.S. Postal Service has not responded to these suggestions.

The Postal Service sent this statement:

"We were unable to negotiate a lease renewal or extension of the lease with the landlord. The landlord would not agree to federally mandated language required in the lease."

Stamps are also available for purchase at the following Approved Postal Providers within 2.8 miles:

· Office Depot, 1253 Wendy Ct., Spring Hill, FL 34607

· Wells Fargo Bank, 1337 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606

· Publix Supermarket, 1400 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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