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Local postmasters hosting ‘Extreme Mailbox Makeover’

May 1, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

What does your mailbox say about you? Does it need a face lift? Does it reflect a positive image of your home? May is Mailbox Improvement Month. Fort Myers Postmaster Randy Stines and Naples Postmaster Richard Barber are hosting an "Extreme Mailbox Makeover" contest during May. Make your plans now to spiff up your mailbox and enter the contest. You, your letter carrier, and your neighbors will be pleased-whether you win the contest or not!

Here's what to do:

n Take a photo of the existing box that needs a makeover.

n Make the changes you desire and take a photo of the new, spiffy mailbox.

n Mail both photos, along with your name, address, and phone number to: USPS Consumer Council, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Or, email entries to

n Entries will be accepted through May 30.

The Fort Myers and Naples Consumer Advisory Councils will judge the entries for creativity and compliance with postal regulations. Two winners for each city will be announced on June 12. The winning photos will be on display in the Page Field, Cape Coral Central, Naples Main and Coco River post offices during July. The winning mailboxes will be featured on two sheets of First-Class mail customized photo postage stamps presented to the winners.

Mailboxes should be installed at a height of 41-45 inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry. Mailboxes are set back 6-8 inches from the front face of the curb or road edge to the mailbox door. Mailboxes must be approved traditional, contemporary or locked full/limited curbside mailboxes. A custom built mailbox requires approval by the Postmaster prior to installation and must conform to the requirements relative to the flag, size, strength, and quality of construction. The mailbox must display the house number on the flag side of the box.

Safety tip - to keep yourself and the letter carrier safe from stings, avoid the use of

Flowering plants or bushes!



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