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Coco-crazy town's post office saved

By Ed O'Keefe



Coconuts helped save one Florida town's post office.

Updated 3:46 p.m. ET

Among the post offices saved in the latest round of cutbacks announced Friday is the one in coconut-rich Lantana, Fla.

Eye readers will recall that the town's residents sent hundreds of coconuts (yes, hundreds, not thousands as initially thought) to Postmaster General John E. Potter in an effort to save their post office.

Reached Friday for comment, Lantana city manager Michael Bornstein said "“We’re thrilled. Our approach of raising awareness in an unusual way… apparently it worked.”

Bornstein convinced the mayor, councilmembers, the Palm Beach County commissioner and local schoolkids to pay between $4.00 and $17.00 to mail coconuts to Washington. (Yes, you can mail a raw coconut in the mail.)

“We’re going to go back to the schools and talk to the kids who did the coconuts and complete the circle about the history and the activism and that their coconuts were going up to Washington," Bornstein said.

"Now they can see that they made the difference," he said.

The Postal Service released Friday its updated list of postal service branches nationwide that are under consideration for closure, as the agency aims to slash costs and deal with a rising tide of red ink.

The latest list shows that 241 sites remain under consideration, down from 371 a month ago.

Among the states that were particularly adept at dodging the budget ax in this update were Ohio, New York and Michigan -- who collectively accounted for nearly a quarter of the sites on the October list.

Ohio now has 26 facilities being considered for closure, down from 44 last month. New York has 11 on the list, down from 26, and Michigan has eight, down from 24.

Idaho had three locations on the October list and Hawaii had two, but both states have been struck from the current closure list.

Here's the list of the 241 postal sites that may still close (pdf)

RELATED: Previous Federal Eye reports on the Postal Service

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 20, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
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