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Park service seeks bids for Jack's Boathouse site

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is seeking bids to operate a boat rental facility at the site of a popular kayak-rental business along the Georgetown waterfront.

Jack's Boathouse has been operating at the site since 1945. The park service sent the owner of the business an eviction letter last month, prompting an outcry from the owner and many supporters.

Jack's Boathouse had been operating on a month-to-month lease that hadn't changed since 1982, paying $356 in monthly rent. The name of the current owner, Paul Simkin, is not on the lease. The park service says it wants to treat the business like other commercial ventures inside national parks.

Simkin is free to bid for the concession contract, and he'll be allowed to continue operating until the contract is awarded.


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