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New Business Opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore

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Date: September 24, 2013
Contact: Debbie Morlock, 410-629-6046

The National Park Service (NPS) intends to issue a Prospectus for a new business opportunity at Assateague Island National Seashore within the next 30 days. This Prospectus will solicit proposals to provide equipment rentals, food and beverage, merchandise, and other services within Assateague Island National Seashore’s Maryland district. Once the Prospectus has opened for review, there will be a 90 day period for bidders to respond.

The NPS plans to release the Prospectus in early October, with an anticipated award in early spring 2014. A site visit will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, beginning at 10:00 am. The site visit will allow all interested parties to tour concession facilities and observe services while in operation. Each interested entity may bring up to three (3) attendees. The NPS may host an additional site visit associated with this business opportunity later in the fall, but the facilities will be closed for the season by that time.

Parties interested in attending the site visit on October 12 must RSVP to Concession Specialist, Debbie Morlock, via email (Debbie_Morlock@nps.gov) by 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, Thursday, October 10, 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.

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.

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