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Sanibel post office replaced by mobile units for island residents

SANIBEL, Fla. — The US Postal Service has made a big delivery for people who live on Sanibel Island.

Hurricane Ian ravaged the post office in Sanibel nearly four months ago. Since that time, residents have been without a post office, but not for much longer after mobile units arrived late Tuesday night in front of the current post office site.

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John McGrath lives on the island and was taking pictures of the unit to prove that they had finally arrived.

“I’ll take it as soon as they can get it. If it’s a month from now, I’m okay with it. As long as I can see something,” McGrath said.

Residents like McGrath have been forced to drive out near RSW Airport to pick up their mail.

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Resident Jennifer Lee called it a long haul for her and her husband.

“We drive an hour and a half to the post office off of Jetport Loop Road. It’s an all-day occurrence,” Lee said.

Residents and business owners say mail is essential to keep the island going and building back stronger.

“Bringing in new businesses eventually and new residents requires an operating post office. It seems unusual not to have done,” noted Sanibel business owner Tom Stumph.

The US Postal Service said more work is needed before the units can open. No date has been released on when residents can pick up their mail.

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