U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has written a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan in support of Miami Lakes’ quest to learn why its request for a ZIP code boundary change was denied by the U.S. Postal Service.
“I respectfully request, within all applicable rules and regulations, for the full and fair consideration of Miami Lakes’ [Freedom of Information Act] request and would appreciate a response on this matter,” the letter said.
In December, Miami Lakes submitted a public records request to the postal service, asking for backup documents, such as studies and cost breakdowns, that were used to deny the town’s request for a ZIP code boundary review.
In response, the postal service said it couldn’t provide the information requested, as those details are exempt from public disclosure.
The town has appealed this response saying, in part, that the postal service’s denial is an “error as a matter of policy and of law.
Vice Mayor Manny Cid, who has been spearheading the town’s ZIP code mission, thanked Diaz-Balart for his support during an April 14 council meeting.
“He wrote a letter directly to the postmaster general saying ‘You guys, get on your horse and give these guys all the information they’ve requested,’” Cid said.
Miami Lakes has been vying for a ZIP code boundary change for decades, and most recently Cid wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking for his assistance in resolving the town’s ZIP code issues.
In the letter to the president Cid wrote that since Miami Lakes shares some of its ZIP codes with Hialeah, there is confusion during census counting and election times, as well as fluctuating auto-insurance rates within Miami Lakes as companies could use ZIP codes as a factor in determining premiums.
When conducting a boundary review the USPS, considers several factors such as population, area size and geographic features, road conditions and traffic patterns, and letter carrier’s line of travel.
Municipalities may make requests to the USPS every 10 years, per postal policy, meaning that the town cannot make another request until 2023.