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Post Office Controversy

By Al Pefley  email

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (WFLX)

Neighbors in Palm Beach Gardens are upset over a post office that they say is  in dire need of some sprucing up. We're talking about the main post office in Palm Beach Gardens on Fairchild Gardens Avenue

It's not falling apart or crumbling. But some feel it doesn't set a very good example as far as government buildings go, and something needs to be done. It's Palm Beach Garden's main post office, a building where folks go to "send" letters and packages. .

But some feel the way this place looks,  it doesn't "send" a very good message.

Some say the building badly needs to be pressure cleaned and painted.

The grass sometimes gets a foot tall, and it could use some landscaping with bushes overgrown and in need of trimming.

Letters from citizens to the city spell out the problem.

One woman writes: "I am astounded how dilapidated the post office is... It is truly an eyesore for the town."

Another person writes; "I am appalled at the unsightly unkempt appearance of this building..."

The city has even tried to get the post office to do something, but to no avail.

"We're trying to maintain a city that's safe, that is aesthetically pleasing and invites people to come in and unfortunately the post office sends the wrong message," said David Reyes, operations director for the city of Palm Beach Gardens. 

He says the city code enforcement has even given the post office a violation notice, to get the building painted.  But in a letter back to the city, an attorney for the postal service said they were not legally obligated to comply with the city code provisions.

The city also said if you'll pressure clean it, we will provide some volunteers to paint it using paint donated by the Solid Waste Authority.

But so far, the post office has not taken the city up on its offer.

"I feel our hands are tied," Reyes explained.

Reyes says the  post office has said it doesn't have the money to spruce up the building.

No one at the Palm Beach Gardens Post Office would comment.

However, a spokeswoman with the postal service in Fort Lauderdale told us by phone quote: "I personally have not viewed the post office. But I understand there are some issues that need to be addressed. We want to beautify it so everyone in the community can enjoy it."

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