Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Everglades National Park Requesting Proposals for Commercial Visitor Services
Contact: Bridget Litten, 305-242-7714
Contact: Bill Fay, 305-242-7760
On Friday, May 9, the National Park Service (NPS) released a prospectus for a concession contract that provides commercial visitor services at two locations in Everglades National Park. The prospectus combines two existing operations into a single draft contract. The operations, located at Flamingo (38 miles from park headquarters) and Gulf Coast (located within Everglades City, 94 miles from park headquarters), both provide boat tours, canoe rentals and retail sales. Services to be offered at both locations under the new contract include boat tours, canoe/kayak rentals, and retail sales. Services that will only be offered at the Flamingo location include skiff rentals, houseboat rentals, mobile food service, tiki bar, bicycle rentals and slip rentals. Combined annual gross revenue for both operations in 2006 was $1,848,975.
The contract term for operations at Flamingo is five years, and the term at Gulf Coast is ten years. The contract will require a minimum franchise fee to be paid to the NPS. The minimum franchise fee will be 2% of gross revenue for the first 5 years of the contract and 5% of gross revenue for the second half of the contract.
Site visits are scheduled for May 28, at 10:30 a.m., at the Gulf Coast District in Everglades City, and May 29, at 9:30 a.m., at the Flamingo District of Everglades National Park. Attendance at the site visit should be confirmed with Cherrie Brice at 404.562.3108 ext. 654 or via e-mail at e-mail us.
The prospectus is available on the NPS website at www.concessions.nps.gov/Prospectus.cfm . Hardcopies are available upon request for $50. Please make checks payable to the National Park Service and send to Cherrie Brice, Concessions Program, Southeast Region, NPS, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please include a physical address (no post office boxes) and telephone number. Individuals obtaining a prospectus from the website should contact Ms. Brice to ensure they receive future responses to questions or amendments to the prospectus.
All contract offers must be received by Cherrie Brice, Concessions Program, Southeast Region, NPS, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, no later than 4 p.m., on July 23, 2008.
Did You Know?
Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!