Customers frustrated with closing of Pinecraft Post Office

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- A post office that has been a staple in one Sarasota community for 75 years is now shut down, possibly for good.

The Pinecraft Post Office closed unexpectedly on Friday.

"I'm bummed, I come here all the time," said Kathy Martin, a Sarasota resident. "It's so convenient and they're so nice."

That's how Martin and many others reacted on Tuesday, when they arrived at the Pinecraft Post Office only to find it closed.

"Terrible, it's very convenient for people in our neighborhood," said Sarasota resident Raymond Newtonhassell.

The U.S. Postal Service says this post office closed after the contract expired following the recent deaths of the elderly owner and his wife. It's a building that is more than a post office in the heart of Sarasota's Amish community. It's a place where people post their business cards, personal notes and announcements. Some folks that we talked with say this closing will be especially difficult for the Amish and Mennonites.

"They would have to take a bicycle," said a resident who lives near the Pinecraft Post Office, "but you know that's not very convenient for them to have to travel either to Fruitville or Siesta Drive to get their mail everyday."

Lane is a Sarasota resident who uses this post office frequently because of the convenience. He even receives his mail at a P.O. Box that he has at this location.

"Hopefully the post office can take proper steps to reopening the post office soon," said Lane.

Post office officials say they are working on finding someone to take over this location. It's not known when or if it will reopen.