Request for Bids to Provide Ferry Service to Dry Tortugas National Park
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-77`4
Contact: William Reynolds, 404-362-3182 X626
The National Park Service has released a prospectus for businesses interested in bidding to provide daily passenger ferry service to Dry Tortugas National Park from Key West, Florida. Those interested in being considered must include breakfast and lunch as part of their proposal. The contract will prospective applicants to sell lunch to non ferry patrons, limited retail sales on board the ferry, sale of alcoholic beverages on the return trip to Key West, Florida, and day trips from Jefferson to Loggerhead Key.
Passenger ferry service is currently provided by two businesses operating under commercial use authorizations. Combined annual gross revenues for the two businesses have averaged $5,181,996. over the past three years. A site visit is scheduled for May 30, 2008 and offers must be received from bidders by July 9, 2008 by 4:00 p.m.
The Prospectus is available for no charge at the NPS website (http:www.concessions.nps.gov/Prospectus.cfm), or you can receive a hard copy for $50.00. Please make checks payable to the National Park Service and send to the Attention of Cherrie Brice, Concessions Management Specialist, Southeast Region, NPS, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303. Please include a physical address (not post office box) and telephone number. If you are planning to submit a proposal and have obtained your Prospectus from the website, we recommend that you e-mail Cherrie_Brice@nps.gov of your interest so your contact information can be placed on a mailing list to receive future responses to questions or amendments to the Prospectus.
Did You Know?
Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.