Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New lease signals reopening of Aripeka post office

Residents on the Pasco side of Aripeka soon will be able to pick up their mail again from free boxes at the local post office.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Residents on the Pasco side of Aripeka soon will be able to pick up their mail again from free boxes at the local post office.

ARIPEKA — Mail service will return to this old fishing hamlet after the U.S. Postal Service agreed to a new lease at the historic post office building.

The post office closed in September amid a dispute with the building's former owner, Louise Geiger, a lifelong resident of Aripeka, who said the terms of the new lease with the postal service were too onerous. Enter her cousin, Carl Norfleet, 71, also a lifelong resident and former owner of the local general store. He bought the building last month.

Norfleet said Friday that he just wants to see his neighbors, a mostly elderly population, spared from having to travel for their mail.

"It feels like we're being made whole again," Norfleet said of the signing of the new lease.

There is no home mail delivery to the Pasco side of Aripeka, which straddles the county line with Hernando, so for decades residents have relied on picking up their mail from free post office boxes at the local branch. The closure meant residents had to make a 15-mile round trip to the branch in Hudson to check their boxes.

Norfleet said he's not sure exactly when the post office will reopen but a USPS spokesperson offered this email to the Times:

"We are pleased that a lease has been signed with the new owner, Mr. Norfleet. We are moving through the process as quickly as possible and expect to have the post office open in mid-November," wrote Enola Rice.

Norfleet has put money into painting and rehabilitating the post office building ahead of its reopening. The new lease includes a $30-a-month bump, so he says he will eventually break even on costs.

New lease signals reopening of Aripeka post office 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 6:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cheers, whoops for McCain's return, then impassioned speech

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — In high drama at the Capitol, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday delivered a crucial vote in the Republican drive to dismantle the health care law, a win for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, and then leveled a broadside at how the GOP got there.

    In this image from video provided by C-SPAN2, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. is embraced by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. as he arrives of the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. [C-SPAN2 via AP]
  2. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP

    Blogs

    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.
  3. Pence breaks tie as Senate votes to begin debating 'Obamacare' repeal

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to repeal major provisions of the health care law, taking a pivotal step forward after the dramatic return of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who cast a crucial vote despite his diagnosis of brain cancer.

    Vice President Mike Pence (R) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus arrive on Capitol Hill, Tuesday in Washington, D.C. [Getty Images]
  4. Rubio helps GOP secure votes to proceed on health care debate

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans secured enough votes to proceed to debate on health care proposals, with Marco Rubio of Floirda joining in.

  5. Ex-Buc Booger McFarland becomes ABC college football analyst

    Blogs

    Former Bucs defensive lineman Booger McFarland is continuing his broadcasting rise by joining ABC's studio coverage for the upcoming college football season, ESPN announced Tuesday.

    Former Bucs lineman Booger McFarland (No. 92) will become an ABC studio analyst this college football season.