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Business Opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore Moves Forward

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Date: November 4, 2013
Contact: Debbie Morlock, 410-629-6046

Berlin, Maryland—NPS plans to release a prospectus to solicit proposals to provide equipment rentals, food and beverage, merchandise and other services within Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland District within 30 days. Once the prospectus has opened, bidders will have 90 days to respond.

The NPS plans to release the Prospectus in early November, with an anticipated award in mid spring 2014. A site visit will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, beginning at 10:00 am. The site visit will allow all interested parties to visit concession facilities. Each interested entity may bring up to three (3) attendees. Parties who have notified the Park after the initial announcement are asked to reconfirm their attendance. The NPS may host an additional site visit associated with this business opportunity later in the fall.

Parties interested in attending the site visit on November 21 must RSVP to Concession Specialist, Debbie Morlock, via email (Debbie_Morlock@nps.gov) by 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The site visit will start at the Assateague Island National Seashore Ranger Station located in the Maryland district, on the west side of Bayberry Drive, after the entrance station. The NPS will provide additional information for the site visit to those who respond in a timely manner. Please include the names of those who will attend in your email. If you would like to receive information about the business opportunity, but not attend the site visit, please contact Debbie Morlock to be placed on a contact list.

More than two million people visit the island annually to enjoy pristine beaches, observe the famous wild horses, camp, and take part in a wide range of recreational activities. This is an opportunity to provide valuable services to the public while supporting the mission of the NPS.

 "The NPS had planned to issue the proposal in early October and had previously announced a site visit for October 12,” said Superintendent Debbie Darden. “However, because of the recent partial government shutdown, the site visit and issuance of the prospectus were delayed. The process has now resumed and the issuance of the prospectus will occur within the next 30 days."

This notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation, prospectus, or Request for Proposal (RFP). Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this notice. Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future prospectus. When the prospectus is released, it will be synopsized and posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fbo.gov) and on the NPS Commercial Services website at http://cs.inside.nps.gov/Pages/CommercialServices.aspx. It is the responsibility of the potential offeror to monitor these sites for additional information.

For more information about Assateague Island National Seashore go to www.nps.gov/asis/ or find us on Facebook.

Did You Know?

Sea pork are orange, blob-like critters related to sea squirts. 5 kb

Animal, vegetable or mineral? These orange, blob-like critters are a colony of animals related to sea squirts. Their name, sea pork is thought to be derived from their close appearance to salt pork. When they are babies they have a notochord just like human embryos!