Rick Baker: Loss of St. Pete postmark “an absolute betrayal” by US Postal Service

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Not that there was any doubt about where he would come down on the decision by the US Postal Service to eliminate St. Petersburg’s postmark, but former Mayor Rick Baker is not too happy this morning at the prospect of the ‘burg losing another part of its identity.

“It would be an absolute betrayal by the Post Office of the commitment they made to the City of St. Petersburg,” Baker said over coffee at the Campus Grind near his office at the Bayboro Campus of the University of South Florida. “And it is a direct assault on the city’s identity.”

Baker said the post office made an agreement with the city five years ago to have the postmark read “Tampa – St. Petersburg.”

A decision has not been made on whether that postmark will read “Tampa” or will bear some other name reflecting the region, a spokeswoman for the Post Office said.

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