Monday, Mississippi's District Manager for the U.S. Postal service was in Biloxi. Elizabeth Johnson was proud to announce, "The good news today is that the Biloxi Main Post Office is back."
After a lot of hard work, postal workers, with the help of their city leaders, have done something amazing.
As Johnson describes, "Where once there stood this building that was reduced to almost a shell by nature's wrath, now we have a state of the art, postal service, retail and mail processing facility."
A building battered by Katrina's flood waters, has been transformed into a sparkling new gem.
Biloxi postmaster John Gerleman says the transformation, "makes this the envy of the coast. I mean we've got parcel lockers for our customers; we didn't have those before. An all new box section, our lobby in here is more friendly to the customer to use."
Amy Hankins has worked for the downtown postal branch for 10 years. She claims, "A lot of our customers are happy to be back in the building because we were in separate trailers, and they'd have to go to one building to get one service, and another building to get another service, and you don't realize what you have until you don't have it anymore. So this is real exciting for us."
Equally exciting, are the possibilities that await upstairs on the second and third floors of the old federal building.
As John Gerleman explains, "We now have two levels, each with approximately 10,000 square feet, that we will build to suit a tenant. By doing this, we're going to be able to benefit the community. Businesses will be able to come in here, set up shop to rebuild Biloxi."
That's something this downtown post office is already proving possible.
Postal workers were actually able to move into their new building last November, but the building wasn't finished. Monday marked the official grand opening of the new facility.
By the way, Pass Christian and Pascagoula post offices are still operating out of trailers. Both have plans to rebuild.