SEA BRIGHT: NO RETURN ADDRESS FOR P.O.

Sea Bright’s post office hasn’t reopened since Hurricane Sandy, and probably won’t, postal officials say. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

Sea Bright’s post office, shuttered since Hurricane Sandy, doesn’t look like it’s coming back, Postal Service officials told borough residents Thursday night, according to a report by the Star-Ledger’s NJ.com.

The postal service is planning to relocate all of the borough’s postal operations to neighboring Rumson. The Sea Bright facility was a longtime satellite of the Rumson office, spokesman Ray Daiutolo told a gathering of residents at borough hall Thursday night.

From the Sledger:

“If Superstorm Sandy didn’t happen, we wouldn’t be standing here having this conversation at this time. That was the trigger that said to the district, you must consider all these options, including a discontinuance,” Daituolo said. “So they didn’t single you out, Superstorm Sandy did this to a lot of places.”

Several residents said the closure of the office, which was previously open three hours a day, would be a hardship for seniors and others without transportation available. Others said it contradicted pledges of assistance to the town’s hurricane recovery effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

“One federal agency is telling us one thing, while another one is leaving us behind,” borough resident Serena Smith said. “What they’re doing is completely opposite to what we’re trying to here do in Sea Bright and it’s completely opposite to what we need to do. … It’s distressing.”