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USPS suspends mail delivery to Citrus County neighborhood with sandpit streets

May 13, 2024


CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — When Luann Barker and her husband moved to Citrus County three years ago, they traded the beaches of South Florida for a different kind of beach outside their front door.

“There’s more sand here than there was at the beach,” she said with a chuckle. “Yeah.”

They live in Inverness Village 4, a Citrus County neighborhood that was somehow built with no drainage system. Years of erosion have turned roads that were never paved into deeply scarred sand pits.

“We just feel like we’ve really been given the shaft,” Barker said.

It’s so bad that neighbors in Inverness Village 4 just lost another modern convenience: mail delivery.

Neighbors like Barker understand why USPS made the decision. Barker says her mail carrier’s truck has gotten stuck multiple times while delivering mail to her box.

Instead, she places her blame on those who allowed the neighborhood’s situation to develop and worsen over the years.

What caused the situation in Inverness Village 4?

Right now, there’s relentless finger-pointing between the Citrus County government, a homebuilder, and the person who sold many of the lots to homebuilders. A solution has yet to materialize.

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