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Everglades National Park Extends Deadline for Proposals for Commercial Visitor Services at Flamingo

Flamingo visitor center
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News Release Date: April 9, 2013
Contact: General Park Information:, 305-242-7700
Contact: William Gordon, Concessions Management Specialist:, 305-242-7762
Contact: Mary Plumb, Public Affairs Officer (Acting), 305-242-7714

HOMESTEAD, Florida: Everglades National Park has extended the deadline to April 25 for bids for the concession contract that provides commercial visitor services at Flamingo, located 38 miles from park headquarters. The prospectus addresses the operations and provides lodging, camping, tour boat, canoe/kayak rentals, skiff rentals, houseboat rentals, bicycle rentals, boat slip rentals, food and beverage, retail, boat transfer service and other visitor services. The deadline has been delayed in response to questions from bidders which resulted in revisions to the prospectus, and to give potential bidders more time.     

The projected annual revenue in 2015 (when all services will be offered to visitors, including new lodging):  $3.5 to $4.9 million.  The contract term for operations at Flamingo is ten years. The minimum franchise fee will be 4.7% of gross revenue for the ten years of the contract.

The prospectus is available on the NPS website athttp://concessions.nps.gov/ ever001-14.htm. Hardcopies are available upon request for $50. Please make checks payable to the National Park Service and send to Bill Stevens, 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 Mr. Stevens to ensure they receive future responses to questions or amendments to the prospectus.

All contract offers must be received by Bill Stevens, Concessions Program, Southeast Region, NPS, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, no later than 4 p.m., on April 25, 2013.

Did You Know?

Ibis in Flight

In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.