SURF CITY -- Starting in August many people in Surf City will have to leave the island just to get their mail. David Luther runs the main post office in Surf City. But that ends on August 21. Luther said, "I did not realize that this was going to be as much responsibility as it is." Luther says he doesn't make enough money or have enough staff to continue running the business, which he does on top of owning other businesses. "At first I think people were more angry with me than anything else," Luther said. "Because they think, why am I whining, I want more money, when the truth of the matter is I don't want more money, I want out." He told the US Postal Service to either pay him more to stay or take over the lease. Both offers were refused. This means the people who use the 1,100 mail boxes will have to go off the island, to Holly Ridge, until a new Surf City location is determined. Surf City resident Cathy Duden said, "This is insanity. We have such a huge population here on the island now." The Holly Ridge location is open 24 hours a day for people to check their mail. But some say getting there will be the problem. Surf City resident Les Stafford said, "If we have to go off the bridge during the summertime we can't get back on because of all the traffic." A spokesperson for the US Postal Service told us new locations are being scouted on the island. For the next two months locals will continue to use the business they have come to appreciate. Duden said, "We have a wonderful option here finally. This is the best thing that's happened in so long." Luther said, "To get to know the people and serve, yeah it's been worth it. It just doesn't seem fair." Luther will continue to lease the property and is going to open an independent post office. Surf City residents will be able to rent a private mail box there. Luther says that's as easy as filling out a change of address form.
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